BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

AECL-157 - Exploring Perspectives - 3.00 Credits

AECL-157 - Exploring Perspectives - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
Historical Perspectives in Early Childhood Education prepares learners to create quality ECE experiences and programs rooted in Aboriginal beliefs and foundational theories of child development. Topics covered include the history, foundations, and philosophies of contemporary and Aboriginal Early Childhood Education programs as well as the contemporary and historical role of the teacher in Aboriginal communities.
Part of the:
  • Prerequisites : Admission to the program.
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Relevant Master's Degree
    Office Hours: 1.5 per week.
    Contact Hours: 45
    Student Evaluation
    Assignments 50-70%, Final 30-50%, Total 100%. Grading procedures follow NVIT policy.
    Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to:
  • List the different types of ECE programs and describe a variety of ECE program models.

  • Identify principles of best practices and describe the characteristics of quality care within the context of mainstream and Aboriginal ECE programs.

  • Discuss the relationship between the seven major areas of development and Aboriginal culture.

  • Discuss the world wide, national, provincial and local trends that effect ECE particularly in the context of Aboriginal communities. (legal, fiscal, social).

  • Display a working knowledge of developmentally appropriate practices inclusive of NAEYC's Position and Guides.

  • Discuss the history, foundations, and philosophies of ECE in the context of mainstream and Aboriginal ECE programs.

  • Formulate, articulate, and clarify personal values and philosophies related to Aboriginal ECE.

  • Display a basic understanding of the history of education in Aboriginal communities and the effects of this history on ECE programs.

  • Discuss historical and current child rights issues including children's right to be protected from abuse, neglect, and exploitation. Discuss the ways Aboriginal children have been denied these rights and the impact this denial has had on Aboriginal cultures.

  • Outline ways both Aboriginal and mainstream ECE programs promote socialization, respect for diversity, inclusion, self-esteem, peer relationships, conflict resolution, and smooth routines/transitions.

  • Explore the historical role of the teacher in Aboriginal communities.

  • Recognize the importance of lobbying and communicating with members of the public government and other decision-makers about childcare and related social issues.
  • Text and Materials:
  • Mayfield, Margie. Early Childhood Education and Care in Canada: Contexts, Dimensions, and Issues. Current Edition. Toronto. Pearson Education.
  • Other Resources:
    Transfer Credits: For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca
    Other Information: Education Council approved October 31, 2012.