Methods for Inclusive Play-Based Programmes for Young Children II

Applied Community Studies
Early Childhood Education
Course Code
ECED 2320
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Lecture: 30, Laboratory: 15
Method(s) Of Instruction
Course Designation
Typically Offered


Course Description
This course investigates the construction of competent images of the child and the educator in learning contexts in which reflection, exploration, discovery, co-construction of knowledge and relationships are considered essential elements. We will also review and discuss issues that arise such as diversity, children’s learning groups, and gender and power issues in learning environments. We will seek in-depth learning experiences in which children and educators co-construct knowledge together as a community of learners. As part of this course, the students deconstruct their pedagogical practices by revisiting and reflecting critically on the documentation of projects that have been undertaken in other contexts, specifically child care environments that reflect a variety of multiple pedagogical approaches that are currently implemented across British Columbia.
Course Content

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

  1. Direct experiences in various child care environments that implement a variety of pedagogical approaches.
  2. Application of principles of collaboration, environment as a third teacher, image of the child, role of the teacher, emergent curriculum, observation, documentation and planning,
  3. Role of the teacher in supporting diversity, positive guidance strategies, inclusion and co-constructor of knowledge
  4. Use of observation and documentation to inform planning.
  5. Use of an educational provocation to stimulate and challenge thought.


Learning Activities
  • Lecture
  • Discussions
  • Observations of children
  • Modification of play based learning environments
Means of Assessment

This course will conform to Douglas College policy regarding the number and weighting of evaluations. This is a Mastery/Non-mastery course.


  1. Reflections on practice
  2. Written responses to readings
  3. Examinations and Reports
  4. Collaborative Planning
  5. Participation and Attendance


Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Students will continue to build on and consolidate previous knowledge from ECED 1220 (i.e. collaboration, the environment as a third teacher, image of the child, role of the teacher, emergent play, observing and planning through documentation).
  2. Students will explore and experience a variety of pedagogical approaches as they work directly with young children in their child care environments.
  3. Students will be able to program for diversity.
  4. Students will be able to practice positive guidance strategies for inclusion of all children.
  5. Students will be able to expand on the role of the teacher as a co-constructor of knowledge.
  6. Students will be able to develop an understanding of negotiated/responsive curriculum, including the role of provocation.
  7. Students will be able to continue to develop the skill of observation and planning through pedagogical narration.
  8. Students will be able to deepen the disposition to be reflective practitioners.
  9. Students will be able to continue to develop a personal ECE philosophy.



Textbook Materials





No corequisite courses.


No equivalent courses.

Course Guidelines

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Course Transfers

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Institution Transfer Details for ECED 2320
Alexander College (ALEX) No credit
Capilano University (CAPU) DOUG ECED 1211 (3) & DOUG ECED 2320 (3) = CAPU EDUC 178 (3)
College of the Rockies (COTR) No credit
Columbia College (COLU) No credit
Coquitlam College (COQU) No credit
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) No credit
Northern Lights College (NLC) NLC ECEC 203 (3)
Simon Fraser University (SFU) No credit
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU ECED 2350 (3)
University Canada West (UCW) No credit
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) No credit
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) No credit
University of Victoria (UVIC) No credit

Course Offerings

Summer 2023