Explores current theory, research, policy, and practice in early childhood and family studies. Offered: AWSpS.
WINTER 2012 ECFS 399 Course Description.
The overarching goal of this course is to learn evidence based practices to support the social and emotional development of young children and learn practical strategies to prevent and address challenging behaviors. We will read current research on the developmental trajectory of students with early onset aggressive behaviors; positive behavior support program models; and intervention efforts that promote positive early childhood mental health. Evidence based classroom management skills will also be studied and students will leave the course with a solid understanding of how to design supportive environments. Students will also learn how to conduct a functional behavioral assessment to develop individualized behavior support plans for children who are displaying concerning rates of challenging behaviors. A combination of video based situation studies, application assignments and readings will help students transfer their learning to real early care and education settings and siutations.
Course taught by Gail E. Joseph, Ph.D.
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