Course Content and Outcome Guide for ECE 184

Course Number:
ECE 184
Course Title:
Puppetry & Theater
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Course Description

Puppetry and theater can be a powerful tool in early childhood environments. Puppetry and theater capitalizes on children's creativity and imagination. It fosters development across domains and is particularly effective in helping children work through issues, conflicts and important transitions in their lives. This course explores the many benefits of puppetry and theater for young children. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

This course is a 1-credit elective class. The 1-credit elective classes are designed to enhance the knowledge base of our degree-seeking students (who are required to take 6 €“ 10 credits of elective credit) while also providing an accessible, interesting, and relevant course to students who are seeking to meet their professional development requirements and/or who might have limited experience in the college setting.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Students will:
·        Identify elements of quality puppetry and theater for young children.
·        Articulate the role of puppetry and theater in the acquisition of skills and concepts across all developmental domains.
·        Design, implement and evaluate puppetry and theater experiences for children of varying ages (2 years to school age) and abilities.
·        Identify solutions to common barriers and issues that arise when using puppetry and theater with children.
·        Describe the ways in which puppetry and theater with children can be a component of cultural validation and building relationships with families.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Students will€¦
  1. Attend and actively participate in class and small group activities.
  2. Complete written observations and assignments
  3. Complete a reflective journal.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

    Why plan puppetry and theater experiences for children?
  1. Design and implementation of quality puppetry and theater experiences.
  2. Facilitating learning and development across domains with puppetry and theater experiences.
  3. Use of puppetry and theater in exploring emotions, conflicts, and transitions in children€™s lives.
  4. Involving families and communities in puppetry and theater projects with children.
  5. Community resources.
  6. Addressing common barriers and issues that arise in puppetry and theater experiences.