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Areas of Study | | EDUC160 syllabus

COURSE TITLE:Guiding Children
DIVISION:Liberal Arts

Theory and practice of effective methods for guiding children's behavior using guidance techniques and classroom management principles and skills. Problem areas such as aggression, passivity, and over-activity will be addressed. The relationship between emotional growth, self-concept, and behavior will be explored.

College-level reading skills required.

This course is not available for web registration.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Identify major styles of adult care giving and explain how each care giving style tends to affect children’s development through exams/demos.
  • Explain basic processes through which adults influence children, identify helpful steps to use when developing a model for child guidance and identify what is meant by/causes behind challenging behavior through written assignments.
  • Explain how a child’s level of cognitive, language, and social/emotional development affects how adults are able to guide him/her through textbook readings.
  • Explain the role of observation in developing a model of child guidance through CDC observations/assignments.
  • Explain the difference between guidance and discipline as evidence on exam.
  • Apply positive direct guidance strategies to real-life situations through monitored group demos/CDC interactions.
  • Describe/explain how well-designed physical environments, curriculum, activities, and materials can influence children’s behaviors through created floor plan.
  • Identify practices that help/hinder the development of positive self-esteem through enrichment project.
  • Assist children to develop anger management strategies and assist aggressive children to develop positive coping skills through group presentation.
  • Develop skills to nurture the development of pro-social behavior in children through evaluated lesson plan activities.
  • Discuss the disadvantages of using punishment as evidence on quiz/written assignments.

  • Teacher’s Role/Identifying Adult Care Giving Styles
  • Theories to Children’s Knowledge and Needs
  • Perception and Memory/Self- Control/Prosocial Behavior
  • Supportive Environments/Indirect Guidance
  • Positive Guidance & Discipline Strategies/Direct Guidance
  • Observation/Assessment in Guiding Children
  • Self Esteem and the Moral Self
  • Emotional and Social Competence
  • Resilience and Stress in Young Children
  • Aggression and Bullying in Young Children
  • Minimizing Challenging Behavior
  • Apply Knowledge in Routines and Transitions
  • Apply Knowledge in the Decision-Making Model
  • Developing and hindering positive self-concept in children

Marion, Marian. Guidance of Young Children (9th edition) Columbus, Ohio: Merrill/Prentice Hall, 2003.

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In addition to the reading assignments for the textbook, supplementary articles will be handed out in class.

A 2-inch 3 ring binder with dividers is also recommended to serve as a filling space for handouts, in-class activities, homework assignments, lecture notes, reports, exams, etc.

A point system, based on the following criteria, will be used to evaluate the student’s performance in this class.

In Class Activities   120 points
Take Home Exercise 50 points
Group Presentation 70 points
Enrichment Activity 50 points
Writing Log 30 points
Quiz (13) 130 points
Exams (2) 100 points
Final 100 points

Total 650 points

92-100% A
84-91% B
76-83% C
68-75% D
67-0% F

IN-CLASS ACTIVITIES: Due to the hands-on learning approach followed in this course, students are expected to take an active part in class activities. In-class activities may include discussions, pop quizzes, demonstrations, small group presentations, role-playing, etc. Assessment of current guidance strategies/child skills/behavior. Plan on using direct and indirect positive guidance strategies. Students will be awarded points after each class meeting for completion of tasks assigned. Those who are absent, late to class, or leave early cannot make up these in-class activities when missed. The total points accumulated for these activities by the end of the semester may determine the difference between one grade and the next higher or lower one.

TAKE HOME EXERCISES: In order to attach meaning to material covered during class lectures and activities tasks calling for application of knowledge gained will be assigned throughout the semester. These exercises are to be completed outside of class time. When an assignment is announced, criteria for completion of the assignment will be given as well as the due date.

GROUP PRESENTATION: To supplement and expand upon the class knowledge base, each student will serve as a member of a team assigned to do a class presentation dealing with a subject approved by the instructor. Each group will be responsible for developing a presentation that will stimulate meaningful class discussion/involvement.

ENRICHMENT ACTIVITY: Each student will be required to choose a children’s book dealing, with a stressful situation. Based on the story line of the book, each student will plan an enrichment activity to support the concept emphasized. A written description of the activity planned must be submitted.

CLASS PARTICIPATION: Positive class participation (contributing ideas, asking questions, answering questions in class discussions) is strongly encouraged.

QUIZZES: A quiz will be given after each chapter of the textbook.

EXAMS: Throughout the semester, 2 announced essay/multiple choice/short answer exams will be given. Materials covered on the exams will be that discussed in class as well as the readings.

FINAL EXAM: The final exam will be cumulative and given at a time determined by the college and instructor. It will include both essay and objective questions.


Membership in the DACC community brings both rights and responsibility. As a student at DACC, you are expected to exhibit conduct compatible with the educational mission of the College. Academic dishonesty, including but not limited to, cheating and plagiarism, is not tolerated. A DACC student is also required to abide by the acceptable use policies of copyright and peer- to-peer file sharing. It is the student’s responsibility to become familiar with and adhere to the Student Code of Conduct as contained in the DACC Student Handbook. The Student Handbook is available in the Information Office in Vermilion Hall and online at:

Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the Testing & Academic Services Center at 217-443-8708 (TTY 217-443-8701) or stop by Cannon Hall Room 103. Please speak with your instructor privately to discuss your specific accommodation needs in this course.

Fall 2018

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