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Aboriginal World View and Early Childhood Education

Course Code: ECED 2361
Faculty: Child, Family & Community Studies
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Online
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

Students will consider Aboriginal knowledge and perspectives and early childhood environments with an emphasis on issues relevant to working with Aboriginal children aged birth to school years and their families. This course prepares early childhood educators to work with young children in a variety of early learning and care environments including Aboriginal Head Start Programs that support Aboriginal children and their families.

Course Content

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

  1. There is a diverse Aboriginal population in British Columbia reflecting various cultural beliefs and values. Students will take an integrated approach to familiarizing themselves with various Aboriginal cultures.
  2. Understanding of cultural differences among Aboriginal children is necessary for program planning.
  3. Individual differences and special conditions and needs will affect the child’s development and impact upon the circumstances of the family.
  4. The unique characteristics of family and culture in which the child is raised will affect the course of the child’s development.
  5. Early childhood educators work with parents to develop and maintain a positive transition from home to centre.
  6. Caring routines require sensitivity to the health, safety and nutritional practices and requires both sensitivity and respect from the adult.
  7. Culturally sensitive learning environments provide young children with the optimal conditions for learning and exploration.

Methods of Instruction


Class Discussion

Audio-visual Aids

In-class Exercises

Means of Assessment

The course evaluation is consistent with Douglas College evaluation policy. An evaluation schedule is presented at the beginning of the course. This is a graded course.



Research Paper/Presentation

Learning Outcomes

Examine issues relevant to the Aboriginal community that impact early learning opportunities for young children, including:

    • History of Aboriginal and Indigenous people of British Columbia
    • Historical implications
    • Health implications
    • Cultural implications

Develop a respect for, an understanding of, and a connection to the Aboriginal community.

Early childhood educators will be able to enhance their teaching of culturally relative information for young Aboriginal children by:

  • Guiding each child in a respectful manner
  • Using cultural respectful practices for preventative and/or problem-solving measures wherever possible
  • Increasing opportunities for Aboriginal children to practice their cultural beliefs and their ancestral language

Students will be able to design and implement culturally sensitive programming that promotes knowledge of and a respect for Aboriginal culture.

curriculum 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 schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.