ech534 | Graduate

Methods Of Teaching In Early Childhood: Social Studies

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This course provides a foundation in content and methodology for the teaching of social studies in early childhood education (birth through age eight).  Developing meaningful curricular content, hands-on learning experiences, integration of early childhood content area standards, and the impact of technology are explored.  A foundation in developmentally effective teaching and assessment of the content area is provided.

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Course details:

Credits: 2
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 4

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    Assessment in Early Childhood Education

    • Design developmentally effective social studies assessment tools.
    • Analyze results of early childhood assessments to plan for individuals, groups, and diverse learners.
    • Examine technology resources for effective assessment and evaluation strategies in the early childhood setting.
    • Examine a variety of developmentally effective formal and informal early childhood assessment strategies.

    Early Childhood Social Studies Standards

    • Identify the National Council for the Social Studies’ ten thematic standards.
    • Examine the expectations of the National Association for the Education of Young Children for early childhood social studies education.
    • Examine state social studies standards for early childhood.
    • Analyze strategies to integrate the National Council for the Social Studies thematic standards in early childhood curriculum.
    • Demonstrate pedagogical strategies that integrate national or state social studies standards across early childhood curriculum.
    • Examine the National Council for the Social Studies five disciplinary standards.

    Developmental Considerations

    • Examine significant theoretical perspectives in early childhood social studies instruction.
    • Identify developmentally effective practices for teaching social studies concepts.

    Early Childhood Instructional Methods and Strategies

    • Describe effective instructional methods for teaching social studies in early childhood learning environments.
    • Examine global connections and awareness in early childhood education.
    • Design activities which reflect an understanding of and appreciation for multicultural perspectives in the early childhood learning environment.
    • Develop differentiated instructional techniques to address special populations in early childhood social studies instruction.

    Integrating Technology in Early Childhood Social Studies Education

    • Analyze criteria for the selection of developmentally effective media and technology.
    • Identify social studies Web sites appropriate for the teacher, the young child, and the family.
    • Examine the appropriate use of technology for teaching social studies in early childhood.
    • Examine ways to integrate technology in the early childhood social studies curriculum.
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