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2023-2024 College Catalog 
2023-2024 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

CDA 102 - The Child’s Total Learning Environment

1 Credits, 1 Contact Hours
1 lecture period 0 lab periods

Analysis of the total learning environment for children birth through age 8. Includes establishing an educational learning environment, value of a child-centered learning environment, the indoor and outdoor environment, developmentally appropriate learning centers, and play materials. Also includes the teacher’s role and responsibility within the learning environment, and utilizing the community as an integral part of the child’s total learning environment.

Information: All CDA courses require college-level reading and writing.
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Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Identify the various aspects of a child-centered learning environment for children birth through age 8 (NAEYC 1c, 4c).
  2. Discuss the elements of a developmentally appropriate indoor and outdoor environment (NAEYC 1b, 1c, 4c, 5c).
  3. Choose and set up an educational environment that responds to the need of children to investigate and explore with objects, materials, and equipment in order to construct a base of information about their world (NAEYC 1c, 4d, 5c).
  4. Incorporate community resources as an integral part of the total learning environment (NAEYC 2c).

  1. Establishing a Learning Environment
    1. Components of a total learning environment
    2. Child-centered learning environment
    3. Teacher’s role in the learning environment
    4. Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP)
  2. Indoor Environment
    1. Furniture and equipment
    2. Floor space
    3. Dual-purpose areas
    4. Traffic flow and pathways
  3. Learning Centers
    1. Definition of boundaries
    2. Types of activity areas
    3. Space requirements
    4. Arrangement
    5. Population
  4. Developmentally Appropriate Materials and Equipment
    1. Choosing and purchasing materials and equipment
      1. Variety
      2. Flexibility
    2. Arranging equipment and displaying materials
  5. Teacher’s Role in the Learning Environment
    1. Design
    2. Lesson plans
    3. Collection of materials
    4. Introduction to children
    5. Setting guidelines and establishing routines
    6. Children’s choices
  6. Outdoor Space
    1. Importance
    2. Planning
    3. Equipment and materials
  7. Changing the Environment
    1. Adding and removing centers
    2. Space requirements
    3. Interest in centers
    4. Rearrangement
      1. Adding materials
      2. Moving materials
      3. Supplement materials
  8. Community as a Learning Environment
    1. Field trips
    2. Resources
      1. People
      2. Materials

Effective Term:
Full Academic Year 2018/19