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“The principle goal of education in the schools should be creating men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done .”

–Jean Piaget

Welcome to CD 356: Curriculum Development for Early Childhood. In this course, students will explore and implement developmentally appropriate curriculum designed for children from infancy through third grade. Students will apply cognitive developmental theory to classroom experiences. They will plan activities, select materials and prepare goals and objectives based on a student-selected model of curriculum.

Relying on primary sources, students will explore, discuss and critique a variety of perspectives on curriculum, including Piaget’s Cognitive Developmental Theory, Magda Gerber’s Resources for Infant Educarers, Waldorf, Montessori, Reggio Emilia, Project Approach, and Natural Playscapes. The socio-historical context of curriculum models will also be examined.

By implementing a curriculum plan, students will apply California Curriculum Frameworks, focusing on math and social science Content Standards, as well as the California Preschool Learning Foundations. Students will explore curriculum standards from various other countries and examine the implications for our own educational system. Assessment is an integral part of any discussion of curriculum. We’ll apply research on educational objectives, examining how we know something and to what depth. Woven throughout our exploration is an awareness that curriculum is a unique cultural expression of an individual’s and a society’s goals, fears and hopes for its future.


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