- Course Number:
- ECE 198
- Course Title:
- Outdoor Environments
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Outdoor spaces are an integral part of quality early childhood environments. Outdoor experiences foster children's exploration and positive self-esteem as well as large and small motor development. This course will examine outdoor environments for children of all ages and abilities. Students will plan, implement, and evaluate outdoor environments and activities. 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
· Identify elements of quality outdoor environments and activities.
· Articulate the role of physical activity in the prevention of childhood obesity.
· Design, implement and evaluate outdoor environments and activities for children of varying ages and abilities.
· Identify solutions to common barriers and issues that arise in outdoor environments.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
- Attend and actively participate in class and small group activities.
- Complete written observations and assignments
- Complete a reflective journal.
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
- Role of outdoor environments and activities in development
- Aspects of quality outdoor environments and activities (hardscape, landscaping, props, supervision).
- Design and implementation of quality outdoor environments.
- Facilitating learning and development in the outdoor environment.
- Use of outdoor environments in the prevention of childhood obesity.
- Involving families and communities in developing outdoor environments.
Addressing common barriers and issues that arise in outdoor environments