EDUC150 Science and Math Experiences for Young Children

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Education

I. Course Number and Title
EDUC150 Science and Math Experiences for Young Children
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
2250 minutes
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
Participants in this course will identify science and math experiences relevant to different childhood ages and levels. Students will create science and math experiences, select appropriate materials, learn specific scientific and mathematical techniques for working with young children, learn how to integrate science and math instruction, and enrich their own background knowledge in science and math for young children.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. To develop an appreciation for the importance of appropriate science and math education.
    2. To develop an understanding of the young child''s natural curiosity about mathematical and scientific concepts.
    3. To develop an understanding of the basic scientific and mathematical principles involved in the education of young children which include: observing, classifying, measuring, and inferring.
    4. To develop an awareness of the cognitive development of the young child and its relationship to the development of appropriate math and science activities.
    5. To develop and create a unit of instruction in science and math. The lesson plan of these units will include integrating the science and math curriculum into other areas of study.
    6. To expose the student to quality literature that enhances science and math learning and develop an awareness of the importance of literature in the science and math curriculum.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    1. Introduction: Concept Development
      1. Concepts and how they develop
      2. How concepts are acquired
    2. Assessment and Instruction
      1. Concept development through problem solving
      2. Children''s developmental levels
    3. Fundamental Concepts and Skills
      1. One to one correspondence
      2. Number sense and counting
      3. Logic and classifying
      4. Comparing
      5. Shape
      6. Spatial sense
      7. Parts/whole
    4. Applying Fundamental Concepts and Skills
      1. Ordering, seriation, and patterning
      2. Measurement, volume, weight, temperature
    5. Science Content and Skills
      1. Basics of science
      2. How young scientists use concepts
    6. Planning for Science
      1. Fundamental concepts in science
      2. Activities and units
    7. Mathematics in the Primary Grades
      1. The math environment
    8. Science in the Primary Grades
      1. The science environment
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    1. Departmentally selected textbook. Details provided by the instructor of each section. See Course Format.
    2. The Library Resource Center
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
This course will incorporate lecture, classroom observations, guest speakers, research, cooperative learning activities, oral presentations and technology into the curriculum of the course.

Review/Approval Date -3/99