SRJC Course Outlines

4/14/2024 5:32:39 PMCHLD 185.2 Course Outline as of Fall 2014

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CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  CHLD 185.2Title:  CREATIVE OUTDOOR ENVIRON  
Full Title:  Creative Outdoor Environments for Young Children
Last Reviewed:1/28/2019

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum1.00Lecture Scheduled1.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled17.50
Minimum1.00Lab Scheduled02 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total1.00 Contact Total17.50
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  35.00Total Student Learning Hours: 52.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  CHLD 85.2

Catalog Description:
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This course offers an overview of appropriate creative outdoor learning environments for young children, infants through school-age. Planning and assessment methods for designing center and Family Child Care environments will be explored and applied. Environmental factors that enhance learning and prosocial behaviors will be a focus.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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This course offers an overview of appropriate and creative outdoor learning environments for young children, infants through pre-school. Planning and assessment methods for designing center and home environments will be explored and applied. Environmental factors that enhance learning and prosocial behaviors will be a focus.  
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:
Recommended:
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
 Area:
 
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
CSU Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
 
C-ID:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Certificate Applicable Course



COURSE CONTENT

Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Upon successful completion, students will:
1. Describe appropriate outdoor play spaces/environments for young children from infancy through school-age.
2. Plan and evaluate children's outdoor learning environments using current design and safety standards.
3. Identify ways to meet the developmental needs of different age groups (infants, through school-age) and      individual children  through environmental design in both center and family childcare programs.
4. Understand current playground safety standards.

Topics and Scope
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I.   Importance of Outdoor Play
      a.   Children's developmental needs and abilities
      b.   Children's health and exercise
      c.   Connections with the  natural world
            i. Nature Deficit Disorder
            ii. Environmentalism
      d.   Social skills and risk taking
 
II.   Design of Outdoor Play Spaces
      a.   Current playground safety standards
      b.   Age appropriate environment design
            i.  Environments for infants
            ii. Environemnts for Toddlers and Twos
            iii. Environments for Preschool
            iv. Envirnoments for School-Age Children
      c.   Playground elements  for inclusion of children with special needs
      d.   Use of space that supports development and creative play
      e.   Appropriate and innovative equipment and materials, both commercial and natural
      f.    Supportive environments for caregivers/teachers
      g.   Incorporating gardens and other natural elements
            i.  Aesthetics
            ii. Safety
            iii. Maintenance
 
III.    Planning for Environment Changes
      a.  Methods and criteria to assess outdoor learning environments
      b.  Laying out space and cretaing activity zones
      c.  Steps in planning for large scale playground building; including stakeholders' input

Assignments:
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1. Reading and discussion of assigned text and handouts (approximately 75 pages total).
2. Revise and document changes to the design of an outdoor environment.
3. Outdoor environment design project.
4. Written assessment of an environment for young children (3-5 pages).

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
15 - 30%
Written homework, assessment/evaluation of learning environments
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
50 - 65%
Planning and drawing designs of children's outdoor environments
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
None
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
0 - 0%
None
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
20 - 35%
Classroom discussion; environment design project


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Designs for Living and Learning-Transforming Early Childhood Environments, Deb Curtis and Margie Carter, Redleaf Press, St. Paul, MN 2003 (classic)
Instructor prepared materials

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