Imagine you have decided to complete an internship in the field of early childhood education to help prepare you for a career after completing your degree. You have learned that one of the most prestigious schools in your city, ABC Early Childhood Center, will be accepting interns for the next school semester. There is a lot of competition for one of these placements. Click on the image below to access a PDF with instructions for completing your application for the internship and submitting your application to your instructor. Watch the ECE101 introduction to early childhood education library tutorial for guidance for how to research topics for the ECE 101 Final Project. Note: If you are unable to create a page on Weebly for Education for accessibility reasons, please reach out to your instructor. Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.

ECE 101 Week 3 Assignment ( Learning Approaches, Theory, and Practice )

 

Becoming a professional in the field of early childhood education requires you to become familiar with the various developmental theories as well as research that studies the effectiveness of various learning approaches. Throughout the last two weeks, you have learned about these different theories and approaches to learning. After engaging in discussions with your classmates, you now have ideas about which theories and approaches you would like to use in your work with children. Using the steps below, you will sort through these theories and approaches to shape who you are as a teacher and what you believe about how children learn best. This assignment will also help you prepare for your final assignment.

Prior to beginning work on this assignment, access the APA Template (available in the online classroom) for assistance with the writing process, formatting, documentation, and citations in your written work.

Step 1: Reflect back on your initial response in the “Aspects of Theories” discussion from Week Two and the “Learning Approaches” discussion from this week. Using the theories and approaches that were discussed, fill in the table below by ranking each according to how you connected with them (“most connected” at the top and “least connected” at the bottom (be sure to delete the example row provided).

Theorists/Theories – Most connected to least connected Learning Approaches – Most connected to least connected
Ex: 1. Piaget – Theory of Cognitive Development Ex: 1. High Scope
1. 1.
2. 2.
3. 3.
4. 4.
5. 5.
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Step 2: Using the table as a guide, research your top two theories and top two learning approaches. You will create a Prezi or a PowerPoint presentation that contains your responses to the points below as they are applied to each of your top two theories and top two learning approaches.

  • Summarize the underlying principles or ideas for this theory/approach.
  • Explain why this theory/approach is important to understand and how it will benefit your work with children.
  • Discuss how this theory/approach will help you to be an effective teacher.
  • Explain why this theory/approach is ranked at the top of your list.
  • Summarize the similarities you see between the theory and model of those you ranked first. For example, if Piaget’s theory of cognitive development was your top theory and the Reggio Emilia approach was your top learning approach, share how these two ideas support one another.

Step 3: Submit your assignment to your instructor as a Word document that contains your table from Step 1 and the hyperlink to your Prezi from Step 2 that includes your responses to the questions from Step 2. Or you can submit your assignment as a PowerPoint that contains your table from Step 1 and your responses to the questions from Step 2. Whichever option you choose, you will also need to follow APA format and include title and reference pages. In addition, the information in your assignment needs to be supported by the textbook and at least two additional scholarly sources. Be sure to cite your sources in the Prezi or PowerPoint and list them on the reference page/slides. If you need assistance with making sure that your paper or references are properly formatted in APA, please utilize the APA Guidance link that is located within the Learning Resources tab on the left hand side of the course or visit the Ashford Writing Center.

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