Perspectives on Families

Faculty
Child, Family & Community Studies
Department
Early Childhood Education
Course Code
ECED 2312
Credits
1.50
Semester Length
Flexible delivery ranging over 1 to 15 weeks
Max Class Size
30
Method Of Instruction
Lecture
Tutorial
Typically Offered
Fall
Campus
Online

Overview

Course Description
This course explores current issues and policies affecting children and their families from historical, cultural and feminist perspectives. Through the sharing of critical incidents, students are encouraged to examine and enhance their skills in communicating with and supporting families.
Course Content

The following global ideas guide the design and delivery of this course:

  1. Early childhood educators work cooperatively with children and family members as listener, communicator, supporter, facilitator, guide and problem solver. The development of effective skills for relating interpersonally is essential to being a reflective practitioner.
  2. Early childhood educators recognize key elements about the nature of families: families are diverse in patterns and structure; families have strengths; families are a unique system within the context of other systems; and families are constantly changing.
  3. In the role of early childhood educator one facilitates collaboration with families at all levels of service provision.
  4. Understanding and valuing diversity means that all children and families are encouraged to develop their full potential and are appreciated for their individual gifts and abilities, culture, race, gender, ethnicity, age, and social class.
  5. Early childhood education has a long, rich tradition of parent involvement. The early childhood educator is knowledgeable about the history and philosophy of working in partnership with families.
Methods Of Instruction
  • Lecture
  • Class discussion
  • Videos
Means of Assessment

This course will conform to Douglas College policy regarding the number and weighting of evaluations.

  • Test or Reports of the Readings.
  • Interview Report
  • Resources Research Report
Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Know Perspectives of Families
    • Family Systems - understands and recognizes key elements about the nature of families: families are diverse in patterns and structure; families have strengths; families are a unique system within the context of other systems; and families are constantly changing.
    • Family-Centred Care - demonstrates an understanding that families are involved as initiators, primary decision makers, and information providers in a family-centred approach.
    • History and Philosophy - understand the assumptions, practices and skills embedded in the history and philosophy of working in partnership with families.
  2. Practice Skills in Perspectives of Families
    • Professional Skills - works cooperatively with children and family members as listener, communicator, supporter, facilitator, guide and problem solver.  Develops effective interpersonal skills.
    • Family Centred Care - applies the principles of the family-centred approach.
    • Inclusion - promotes opportunities for children and families of different abilities, ethnicity, gender, culture, age, and temperament to grow together in an environment of mutual respect.
  3. Demonstrate Attitudes in Perspectives of Families
    • Family Centred Care - acknowledges that families are of central importance in the child’s life, and works toward building a close relationship between home and the early childhood setting.
    • Inclusion - believes in the equality of all people regardless of ability, ethnicity, sex, culture or temperament.
Textbook Materials

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Requisites

Prerequisites

Corequisites

No corequisite courses.

Equivalencies

No equivalent courses.

Requisite for

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
Athabasca University (AU) No credit 2019/09/01 to -
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) No credit 2004/09/01 to -
Okanagan College (OC) DOUG ECED 2312 (1.5) & DOUG ECED 2330 (1.5) = OC ECDE 213 (1) 2018/09/01 to -
Simon Fraser University (SFU) No credit 2004/09/01 to -
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) No credit 2004/09/01 to 2010/12/31
Trinity Western University (TWU) No credit 2004/09/01 to -
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV ECE 2XX (2) 2020/01/01 to -
University of Victoria (UVIC) No credit 2004/09/01 to -

Course Offerings

Fall 2020

CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
Location
36640
Sales
Catherine
Open
Online
All course activities will be asynchronous. Students will not be required to be online at specific scheduled times.
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
30
27
0
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
0:0
-
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