This course will focus on the behaviors seen in children from birth through age eight, as well as practical ideas to help children build self-esteem, develop self control, identify problem behaviors, and recognize potential causes. (3 credits)
- ECE 101: Introduction to Early Childhood Education
- Child development course (Recommended)
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Define challenging behavior.
- Recognize the purpose of child guidance.
- Discuss developmentally appropriate practice.
- Discuss the stages of early child development and how they affect behavior and influence appropriate methods of discipline.
- Utilize various observation and recording techniques.
- Identify ways to encourage prosocial behavior.
- Discuss ways to help children deal with stress, anger and aggression.
- Develop specific strategies for effectively responding to challenging behavior.
- Explain the effect cultural differences have on child rearing and the impact this will this have on classroom strategies and communications with parents.
Interpret when outside intervention is necessary and explain the process of informing parents of this need.
General Education Outcomes (GEOs)
Course Activities and Grading
Discussions Questions (Weeks 1-8)
Written Assigments (Weeks 1, 3, 5)
Case Study (Week 7)
Quizzes (Weeks 2, 4, 6)
Final Paper (Week 8)
Available through Charter Oak's online bookstore
- Ferris Miller, Darla. Positive Child Guidance. 8th ed. Wadsworth Publishing, 2016. ISBN-13: 978130508893
- Earlychildhood.com Articles on Discipline, http://www.earlychildhoodnews.com/earlychildhood/articles.aspx?ArticleID=167
- Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children (TACSEI) http://challengingbehavior.cbcs.usf.edu/
Readings and Exercises
Topic: Introduction/Understanding Children’s Behavior
Topic: Understanding the Reasons for Problem Behavior
Topic: Taking a New Look at Children/Observing and Recording
Topic: Guidelines for Effective Guidance
Topic: Planning the Prosocial Environment
Topics: Positive Communication & Positive Action
Topic: Addressing Persistent Unproductive Patterns of Behavior
|Topic: Working with Families and Professionals|
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Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.
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