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Child Autonomy
Course 322-DAE-ID (60 hrs) Units 1-2-2
Group / Individual Presentation Assignment (30%)
Due Date: August 30, 2021
Using Microsoft Office Slides for this assignment (APA), each group will present 15-20 minutes including another 5 minutes for Q & A. Your group must elaborate on the following:
Each group will select one educational philosophy from the list to research and peer teach. Please see the list at the end of this document. Topics cannot be duplicated. Please confirm your topic with your teacher to ensure it is not already taken.
Project Presentation Criteria
1) Title Page: name of assignment, list of group members, course name, date...etc
2) Introduction: introduce and describe what your group will cover in the presentation (reference using APA format).
3) Main Ideas I: according to and specific to your assigned age group demonstrate your knowledge and research relevant to the early childhood education setting. Use scholarly articles/journals/personal perspectives (ERIC), case studies and video/picture examples to teach your findings. You must include at least 4 peer reviewed articles.
- Discuss all aspects of the selected educational philosophy in respect to setting limits, providing choices and encouraging autonomy in children:
1) Describe the pedagogical approach of this educational philosophy. Elaborate on the key features of this philosophy’s pedagogy.
2) What is the recommended age range in this particular educational environment and explain why?
3) How is the day organized according to this educational philosophy?
4) How do children learn with this educational philosophy?
5) How does this educational philosophy promote child autonomy?
6) How do educators interact with the children?
7) How are the subject areas taught to the children (i.e. art, music, math, science, reading, computer skills, etc.)?
8) Is this educational philosophy competency based teaching and learning? If so, please discuss this and if not, identify and discuss its system of teaching and learning.
9) How are children assessed according to this educational philosophy? Is there any evaluation criteria? 10) Discuss research findings about the effectiveness of its preschool program in regards to supporting and developing autonomy.
11) Analyze and elaborate possible challenges for both the children and educators within this educational philosophy.
- Include a short video demonstrating the support or development of autonomy under the implementation of the educational philosophy (under 5 minutes).
4) Reflections: each group member must write at least a paragraph of their personal perspective and share their thoughts regarding the content learned (before the Q&A). What have you learnt that will help you in your career as an educator in the future?
5) Conclusion: conclude your presentation using comprehensive paragraph(s), connecting all the main ideas and research together.
6) Reference Page: follow APA format. Each slide must also be referenced or the assignment will not be graded..
Each group will consist of 3-4 members. You must submit your Microsoft Office Powerpoint Slides before the presentation: Aug 30, 7:30 am. Only one group member must submit their presentation via college email following the teacher’s instructions, thank you.
Workload being equally shared includes; diversified researching skills, rehearsing your presentation together, incorporating your individual reflections / thoughts, language skills (oral and written), analytical & critical thinking skills as well as your ability to breakdown and process information. All group members must be present, be visible and be audible. Failure to do so could result in a fail.
Research Topics:
1. Quebec Education Preschool Program – Learning through exploration and understanding
2. Experiential Education - Effective learning through well-being and involvement
3. The High/Scope® Curriculum – Active learning through key experiences
4. The Reggio Emilia Approach – Truly listening to young children
5. Te Whãriki – A woven mat for all to stand on
6. The Swedish curriculum – Goals for a modern pre-school system
7. Montessori – A hands on approach to learning in a prepared environment
8. Project Head Start Program – Children learn and develop in a nurturing environment
9. Waldorf – Children develop the capacity for creative thinking, problem solving abilities and social skills through their free imaginative play.
10. Cognitive Based Philosophy – Children learn through active exploration in an environment which is rich in materials and opportunities to converse, socialize, work, play and negotiate with others.
11. Jouer C’est Magique – Children learn through play
12. Bank Street - Very similar to play-based learning.
13. Educational perennialism / Universal Curriculum – focuses on personal development but is very teacher-centered.
14. Accueillir la Petite Enfance – Welcoming Early Childhood
15. Piklérian approach – The child is competent; capable of initiative, engaging in relationships, showing emotions and being autonomous and active.
16. Faith-based philosophies – Religious affiliated educational institutions
17. Dewey – Learning by doing
18. Progressivism - Based on positive changes / a problem-solving approach
19. Social Reconstructionism - views schools as tools to solve social problems such as racism, pollution, homelessness, poverty and violence

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