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Areas of Study | | EDUC206 syllabus

COURSE TITLE:Cultural Effects on Child Development
DIVISION:Liberal Arts

Study of the growth and development of the child and the significance of the culture as it relates to the physical, emotional, social, and intellectual changes in the young child and the school aged child. The purpose of this course is to provide students with a rational portrait of the personality system of children, as it relates to the family, the school, and the community. Based on theory and research the early childhood educator will explore the diverse and ever changing needs of children and the significance of their culture to physical, emotional, social, and intellectual influences by validating and valuing human differences.

Place into ENGL121.

NOTES: 7 Observation Hours required.

This course is not available for web registration.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Know the importance of families to the young child's development according to theoretical perspectives through evaluated Article Summary Response Paper/Presentation.
  • Understand the scientific basis for family involvement in early childhood education through weekly graded assignments.
  • Relate the principles of developmentally appropriate practices to the family support movement through monitored Family Involvement Event participation at the Child Development Center or DACC Family Science Night.
  • Discuss family differences through monitored group discussions.
  • Understand how families differ in race, ethnicity, culture through evaluated Family Study and monitored Lab Interaction hours at the Child Development Center.
  • Learn the importance of various social groups to families through weekly textbook readings.
  • Articulate developmental transitions facing families through designing and conducting family questionnaires.
  • Describe the factors related to family strengths, structures, and functions through graded video essay papers.
  • Discuss parenthood, multiple roles of parents, and differing parent beliefs through monitored class discussions and graded assignments.
  • Be aware of the various stressors in the lives of families with young children discussed and shared from a classroom speaker.
  • Gain appreciation of family differences through personal sharing and monitored discussions.
  • Learn the role of family support in early childhood education through developing graded Family Packet for Student Learning and creating Parent Education Session.
  • Discuss attitudes and practices related to home/school communication through monitored and evaluated Current Events Critiques.
  • Explain the theories related to parent education as evidence through graded exams.
  • Realize the importance of community resources for best meeting the needs of families by conducting 3 interviews and evaluated Learning Log Journal.

  • Diversity of experience
  • Understanding Families
  • Understanding Family Diversity
  • Developmental Issues in Families with Young Children
  • Family Strengths, Family Functions, & Family Structures
  • Parenting
  • Family Stress
  • A Family Based Philosophy in Early Childhood Education
  • Family-Staff Relationships
  • Supporting Young Children’s Learning at Home

Families, Schools, and communities: Together for Young Children by Donna Couchenour and Kent Chrisman, 5th edition)

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

Classroom participation 90 points
Out of class activities 120 points
Family Study 90 points
Projects 95 points
Quizzes (10) 100 points
Final Exam 100 points

Total 700 points

644-700 pts 92-100% A
588-643 pts 84-91% B
532-587 pts 76-83% C
476-531 pts 68-75% D
Under 476 pts under 68% F


Classroom Participation - Each student is responsible for assigned readings that stimulate discussions, demonstrations, role play situations, etc.

Family Study/Reports - Each student will also be assigned to a child and his/her family at the CDC to conduct a family structure study for 7 hours of lab time. (7 hours of interaction at the Child Development Center is REQUIRED to pass the course)

Quizzes - 10 quizzes will be given to encourage the student to keep abreast of the material. These will be announced in advance. Make up quizzes will not be encouraged.

Article Summary/Response Paper and Presentation - Information will be given in class.


Learning Log - This is a chance to record your thoughts and feelings from any source whether it be current events, articles, or class discussion as long as it relates to or influences class knowledge. Each week a recording should be made from the topic.

Interviews - The student will design and conduct a series of interviews (3) with teachers, parents or community leaders. The interviews will surround some aspect of home, family, or community.

Current Events Critique - This might be a scrap book of newspaper clippings as it relates to the family, children, and community. Also one should summarize these articles and clippings as to its relationship to in class discussion. Be sure to note newspaper name and date.

Article Summary/Response Paper and Presentation - Information will be given in class

FINAL EXAM - Comprehensive in Nature. Part Essay/Part objective.


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.

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