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Kate Williams Browne

Early Childhood Principles ECE 210 AA (38167)

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ECE 210 AA (38167)

Early Childhood Principles

Kate Williams Browne, Program Coordinator

Office: Bldg 8, room 8-303

T-Th 9:35-10:50

Office Hrs: M/W  2-4 pm; T/Th 2-5 pm

Bldg/Rm, 8-117

Ph: 650 738-7092


please note: click the link to download Microsoft Word document Topic Paper Handout

Course Description 
This course is designed as an overview of the field of Early Childhood Education.  It involves a weekly 3-hour class that will focus on 5 basic questions that are detailed in the Course Syllabus.  Included are basic principles and practices in the teaching-learning context of group care for children 0-8 years of age: the history, program, theories, teacher role, observation/assessment, guidance, work with families, environment, curriculum, and current issues.

Spring 2010 download Microsoft Word version of Course Syllabus

Reading text, articles, and handouts
Text:  Gordon, AM, and Browne, KW [2008/7e] Beginnings and Beyond: Foundations in Early Childhood Education. Albany, NY: Delmar Publishers.


  • Class attendance and participation is critical!
  • Regular, prompt attendance in class is very important for your success in this course. 
    If you get more than one absence, you must discuss the impact on your grade with the instructor; make-up is made available only by arrangement and with a 2-week deadline.


Topic Papers

You will be given a set of topics for each of the five major areas of early childhood education.  You will be expected to write four papers during the term.  The due date for each Topic paper is listed in the course outline.
Topic papers count for 50% of the course grade; each one will be graded on a 25-point system on the following rubric:

  • 25 pts. Outstanding.  Excellent organization, clearly written, articulate.  All questions answered completely and fully; all issues explained beyond the scope of the exact questions. Complete bibliography
  • 22.5 pts. Good work.  All questions answered completely. May have added a few items.  May have some mistakes in clarity or organization. Complete bibliography.
  • 20 pts. Satisfactory.  Questions answered only briefly or barely complete.  Some disorganization or lack of clarity.  Acceptable but not good. Biblio included.
  • 17.5 pts. Poorly written, hard to follow, disorganized, not all questions answered. May have veered off topic, or left out parts of the topic paper questions. Biblio may be missing or incomplete.
  • <15 pts. Unacceptable.  So off topic, illegible, or unable to make sense of the content. Missing/incomplete bibliography.

In-class Quizzes

  • You will have 2 Quizzes, given at midterm and towards the end of the term. They will include both short-answer and multiple choice, and will be based on the chapter content. The take-home part will be done individually, and one part may be done collaboratively in class.   Both quizzes together count for 25% of the grade.
  • 25 points each; short-answer & multiple choice will each count for half of the total points


  • You will be divided into groups, usually randomly, for small group activities during class time. Goals: to interact regularly [modeling common ece practice of team teaching], to focus on the application of principles in a personal manner [making ideas relevant & real].  TeamWork experiences count for 25% of the course grade; each one will be graded on the summary sheet using a 2-point system:
  • 2 pts. [+]   All members of group were involved in discussion; summary is clear & articulate
  • 1 pts. [X]  Members were generally involved, summary is brief .
  • 0 pts. [-]    Some members of group were uninvolved or did not contribute; summary is poor.

Extra Credit

  • During the term, there will be opportunities for you to earn extra credit points, at 5 points per experience.  
  • Examples: 1-paragraph summary of Historical Figure; of a Dvpt Theory; of a Guidance situation; attend/summarize an ECE conference or a related community lecture; taking a Learning Center workshop.

Final Grades

  • Will be available by June 9.