Course Content and Outcome Guide for ECE 186 Effective Fall 2015

Course Number:
ECE 186
Course Title:
Nature and Gardening with Young Children
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Course Description

Covers the many benefits of gardening and natural experiences for young children, including how to facilitate developmental opportunities across domains in an engaging and ever-changing context. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

This course is 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

Upon successful completion, students should be able to:

·        Identify elements of quality garden and nature experiences for young children.

·        Articulate the role of gardening and nature experiences in the acquisition of skills and concepts across all developmental domains.

·        Design, implement and evaluate gardening and nature experiences for children of varying ages (2 years to school age) and abilities.

·        Identify solutions to common barriers and issues that arise when implementing gardening and nature experiences with children.

·        Describe the ways in which gardens and explorations of nature 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.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  1. Benefits of and barriers to implementing gardening and nature experiences in programs for children?
  2. Design and implementation of quality gardening and nature experiences.
  3. Facilitating learning and development across domains with gardening and experiences.
  4. Use of gardening and nature experiences to develop children€™s life-long enjoyment of and care for the natural world.
  5. Involving families and communities in gardening and nature projects with children.
  6. Community resources.
  7. Addressing common barriers and issues that arise in gardening and nature experiences.