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    Neumann University
  Dec 12, 2017
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog Archived Catalog

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LSECE 201 Engaging Young Children in the Learning Process: Integrating Curriculum, Instruction, and the Arts

6 Credits

Theoretical perspectives that have influenced curriculum development in both early childhood and elementary classrooms (Infancy to Grade 4) are examined and compared in this course. These perspectives are, then, used to analyze curricula and to make informed choices when planning instruction, selecting instructional materials, and assessing individual and group progress. This course also introduces and prepares the student to develop the reflective teaching skills that are needed to work with English language learners from Pre-K to Grade 4. To successfully complete this course, students must demonstrate their understanding of learning as a process that integrates all areas of development (emotional, social, language, cognitive, physical, and creative), and utilize a variety of instructional strategies so that all children can become interested and engaged in learning. They must also be able to demonstrate their understanding of how they combine relationships with children and families, develop effective approaches to teaching and learning, and show knowledge of academic disciplines to design, implement, and evaluate experiences that promote positive development and learning. The course provides an opportunity for prospective teachers to become knowledgeable about theories and research on creativity and to develop the ability to integrate the meaningful use of arts processes and content to introduce, develop, or bring closure to lessons in any academic area.

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