Great Basin College 

Course Syllabus

ECE 204:  Principles of Child Guidance, Web Campus

Fall Semester 2011 - 3 Credit Course

Instructor:  Leafe Eriksen-Wedmore, MA, Edu. 

Message Phone:  753-2239

Office: EIT Building, #259 

E-mail through Web Campus


No Prerequisites


An important note about On-line Classes:


On-line classes require constant motivation and self-direction on the part of the student.  You are responsible for reading, studying, asking questions, completing assignments within the required time-frame, being organized, and staying on schedule. You are encouraged to contact the Technology-Help desk for assistance when needed at 753-2167 or  The Technology Help Desk is open from 7AM -10 PM, Monday through Friday, and 8 AM – 5 PM on Saturdays.  All GBC sites have lab aides on staff to assist students.  You are encouraged to attend a Webcampus Workshop. Please call the Help Desk to inquire about training dates and times. 


Course Description 


The primary purpose of this course is to provide you, the learner, with the concepts and skills you will need to work effectively with young children in a home, child care or classroom setting.  The content examines positive guidance strategies and effective group management skills used in working with young children in relation to their safety and physical/emotional well-being.




Positive Child Guidance by Darla Ferris Miller, 6th Edition, ISBN: 978-1-435-41859-2 (Please do not purchase the Webpack).





The best means of communication for on-line classes is through Webcampus e-mail.  It is essential that all students check their e-mail at least twice a week for updates from the instructor.  When the instructor sends an e-mail to individual students or the class as a whole, a response of acknowledgement is expected.  If a problem arises with any aspect of the course, contact the instructor immediately.  If the problem is technical in nature, it is important to contact the instructor and the GBC Help Desk.  Students are encouraged to contact the instructor with ideas of interest, questions or concerns at any time.


On-Line Student Responsibilities








Student Outcomes/Measurement



Student Outcomes:


Through the process of this course, the students will:


1. Identify contemporary practices in child care, recognize the purpose of child guidance, and describe ideal early environments for optimum development.


Quiz #1


Exam # 1


Essay/Discussion Board - #1


Exploration of Classroom Design

2.  Define pro-social behavior and outline strategies for initiating positive behavior in children.


Quiz #1


Exam # 1


Essay/Discussion Board - #1


Observation Project

3.  Identify effective listening strategies, recognize the rationale for positive statements of instruction, and discuss strategies for positive communication.


Quiz #2


Exam #1


Essay/Discussion Board - #2


Literacy Research - Bibliotherapy

4.  Create a setting that is supportive to positive child guidance, define logical and natural consequences, and understand their importance in guidance.


Quiz #3


Exam #1  


Essay/Discussion Board


Internet Research

5.  Develop specific strategies for effective guidance and identify methods of shaping positive behavior.


Quiz #4


Exam #1


Essay/Discussion Board - #2


Observation Project

6.  Recognize typical ages and stages of early childhood and identify developmental milestones that affect behavior.


Quiz #5


Exam #2


Internet Research


7.  Recognize children’s behavioral limitations based on typical stages of moral development.


Quiz #6


Exam #2


Internet Search



8.  Define the typical characteristics of problem behaviors, list steps to resolve conflicts between adults and children, and define strategies for meeting special needs.


Quiz #  7 & 8  


Exam # 3



9.  Identify personal biases that affect guidance, list effective observation strategies, and identify the components of the observation sequence.

Quiz # 9


Exam # 3


Observation/Analysis/Plan of Action


10.  Recognize historical events related to beliefs about children, outline the child’s role in society, and identify the role of child guidance in a democracy. 


Quiz # 10


Exam # 3





Topical Outline


·                  Child Rearing in Today’s World


·                  Understanding Children’s Behavior


·                  Understanding the Reasons for Problem Behavior


·                  Guidelines for Effective Guidance


·                  Planning the Pro-social Environment


·                  Positive Communication


·                  Positive Action


·                  Unproductive Patterns of Behavior


·                  Observation Strategies


·                  Serving Diverse Children and Families


Method of Instruction


·                  Essays


·                  Observation


·                  Discussion Board


·                  Individual Projects


·                  Reading/Reflection


·                  Application of Methods




·                  Weekly Quizzes


·                  Reflect Essay Exams



·                  Discussion Board Responses




Student Responsibilities


1.   Participation is very important since students will be responsible for reading material, class activities, discussions, and diverse information presented by the instructor weekly. This class requires that work be completed each week.  Each student must contact the instructor a minimum of two weeks in advance if he or she will not be participating in the class. These absences will only be approved for an extreme family emergency and/or personal illness.  A grade of “W” (withdrawn) will be recorded for anyone who formally withdraws by contacting the instructor and completing a withdrawal form. 


2.    All required reading assignments should be completed weekly so that students can actively participate in assigned Discussion Board interactions and complete assignments and quizzes with a successful outcome. Procrastination may result in failure!


3.    Assignments must be turned in by specified dates.  Weekly assignments are due on Mondays at 8 A.M.  Late assignments will not be accepted unless prior arrangements are made with the instructor in advance.


4.    Requirements for Written Assignments:


·         All written assignments must be typed, organized and professionally formatted.


·         Correct spelling and use of grammar are expected.  Remember to use spell check and proof your work before posting assignments. 


·         College level writing skills are expected.  Assignments with excessive or repetitive errors must be rewritten and reposted before the next assignment is due.  A grade will be given after the rewritten assignment is reviewed. If the instructor does not receive the rewritten assignment as specified above, the student will receive a “0” for the assignment.


·         Weekly assignments MUST be posted as an attachment. Students may not write their responses in the drop box. If this occurs, the assignment(s) will be returned and/or assigned a failing grade.  If a student does not know how to type a Word document and post it as an attachment, he or she must take steps to learn the process prior to taking this class. If students need assistance, the Help Desk is available through the GBC Internet or by calling 775-753-2239.


·         Discussion Board assignments DO NOT need to be posted as an attachment. Student responses can be written in the drop box, however Discussion Board guidelines must be adhered to and all submissions must be grammatically correct. Texting grammar is not acceptable at any time. Using this type of grammar may result in a low or failing grade!
















Assignments Due:




(Two weeks to orient to course, purchase book and read first chapter. First quiz is due by September 12th).  


Check your e-mail at least twice a week!

Chapter 1

Read Ch. 1


Complete Quiz



Introduce Yourself through Webcampus

E-mail by September 5th. It is important to learn to use the Webcampus e-mail system efficiently!  



  • Introduce yourself through the Webcampus e-mail by writing a minimum two paragraph introduction. Send it to your instructor and the other students who are enrolled in the class. Please respond to all of your classmates by Monday, September 5th.  


  • Chapter 1 Quiz – You may take each quiz up to 2 times to improve your score. If you do not take each quiz by the specified due date, you will receive a failing score. Be timely! Due dates will not be changed.


Due: Monday, September 12th by 8 am.



Remember Discussion Board Assignment!

Chapter 2

Read Ch. 2


Complete Quiz


Don’t Forget: 1st

Discussion Board Response

  • Chapter 2 Quiz


  • Post response in Discussion Board and respond to a minimum of 3 other students.


Due: Monday, September 19th by 8 am.


Chapter 3

Read Ch. 3



Complete Quiz

  • Chapter 3 Quiz



Due: Monday, September 26th by 8 am.



Two weeks to complete exam. Remember to Post 1st Exam by 10/10.

Chapter 4





Read Ch. 4


Complete Quiz



1st Exam Due

  • Chapter 4 Quiz


  • 1st Exam Due: Chapters 1, 2, 3 & 4



Due: Monday, October 10th by 8:00 am



Remember Discussion Board Assignment


Chapter 5

Read Ch.5


Complete Quiz


Don’t Forget: 2nd Discussion Board


  • Chapter 5 Quiz


  • Post response in Discussion Board and respond to a minimum of 3 other students. Reflective Essay


Due: Monday, October 17th by 8 am


Chapter 6

Read Ch. 6


Complete Quiz



  • Chapter 6 Quiz



Due: Monday, October 24th by 8 am




Chapter 7

Read Ch. 7


Complete Quiz



  • Chapter 7 Quiz



Due: Monday, October 31st by 8:00 am



Two weeks to complete exam. Remember to Post 2nd Exam by 11/14.

Chapter 8






Read Ch. 8


Complete Quiz



2nd Exam Due

  • Chapter 8 Quiz


  • 2nd Exam Due: Chapters 5, 6, 7, & 8



Due: Monday, November 14th by 8 am


Chapter 9

Read Ch. 9



Complete Quiz

  • Chapter 9 Quiz



Due: Monday, November 21st by 8 am



Two weeks to complete exam. Remember to Post 3rd Exam between 12/5 & 12/9.



10 & 11


Note: You must complete a quiz and your final exam by Friday December 9th!

Read Ch.10


Complete Quiz


3rd Exam Due


Note:  Read Chapter 12 on your own! This information will be covered in depth in ECE 200, The Exceptional Child.   

  • Chapter 10  & 11 Quiz


  •  3rd Exam Due: Chapters 9, 10, & 11



Due:  Between December 5th and December 9th by 8 am.  


End of Class.


Have a wonderful holiday!



Course Assignments


Students will be graded on the basis of accuracy, completeness, and the degree of excellence in carrying out the required assignments.



1.  Quizzes: A 20 point quiz will be administered weekly:  Matching, True/False and Multiple Choice. The quizzes are located in each Learning Module. Each quiz covers chapter content, therefore it is imperative that you read and process the information in your reading assignments.  The quizzes will not be timed.  I encourage you to ponder and discuss the questions with other class members. Students are welcome to use the Discussion Board or E-mail to correspond with other students at any time. I am a proponent of team work when all members participate equally and fairly.  Students can take each chapter quiz up to 2 times to earn a higher score. 10 @ 20 points = 200 possible points


2.  Discussion Board: Students are required to complete 2 Discussion Board assignments. A set of reflective questions will be posed in the Discussion Board area for Chapters 2 and 5. In order to receive the maximum number of points, students must respond to a minimum of three other students. Students are required to write a minimum of three comprehensive paragraphs.  It is important to support personal views and reflections with concrete evidence provided in the text and through personal Internet research.  The instructor tracks the responses and is fully aware of all contact or lack thereof between students within the Discussion Board. The responses must be completed in a neat, concise and understandable format.  All Discussion Board responses must be written in the drop box and not posted as an attachment. Points will be deducted for spelling and grammar errors.  Texting grammar is not acceptable. Proof your Discussion Boards assignments before posting. Remember that a first impression is a lasting impression! 2 @ 50 points = 100 possible points


4.  Exams- Reflective Essay: Three reflective essay exams will be administered throughout the semester. The essay questions will be based on the chapter content, reading assignments and personal experience.  The questions will also require critical thinking and personal reflection.  I expect all responses to be detailed, comprehensive and grammatically correct. Each exam must be written in an MLA or APA format. College-level work is expected. Points will be deducted for spelling and grammar errors.  It is imperative that all parts of each question be included. Sources must be cited when and if applicable. Student must submit their response in a Word format.  If students do not know how to attach a document, they must seek assistance from the Help Desk. The instructor will not accept any work unless it is posted as an attachment.  3 @ 75 possible points – 225 points


3.  Participation and a Positive Interactive Attitude: These points are essential for receiving an “A.”   A student’s attitude and class participation can make a difference in his or her personal growth, course progression, and success in the world of Early Childhood Education. Late submissions will have an adverse affect on the overall grade for the course. 75 points possible



ECE 204, Child Guidance Point System


Students are encouraged to make an appointment with the instructor at any time during the semester to discuss grades, questions, or concerns about the course. 





Your Score


10 Quizzes @ 20 points each

(Set of 3 quizzes per chapter)


200 Points


Discussion Board/Reflective Essay    

(2 @ 50 possible points)


100 Points

Chapters 2 & 5 only! 


Participation/Positive Attitude:

 75 Points



(3 @ 75 possible points each)

 225 Points



600 Points Possible 








90 - 100 %

540 - 600


80 -  89%

480 - 539


70 -  79%  

420 - 479


60 -  69%

360 - 419


0 -   59%

0 - 359


Calculate your letter grade at any time by dividing the total points accumulated by the total points possible to calculate the letter grade


For Example:    480/600  = 80% or a “B”





Policy of Academic Integrity:  GBC subscribes to the traditional policy of academic integrity:  students are expected to be honest.  Students are expected to do their own work.  Students who plagiarize or commit academic dishonesty are violating the standards of academic integrity and are subject to consequences ranging from failing the assignment or course to dismissal from the institution.


Plagiarism is presenting someone else’s word, ideas or data as one’s own.  When a student submits work that includes the words, ideas, or data of others, the source of that information must be acknowledged through complete, accurate, and specific references; and if verbatim statements are included, through quotation marks as well.  In academically honest writing or speaking, the students will acknowledge the source whenever…


·         another person’s actual words are quoted.


·         another person’s idea, opinion or theory is used, even if it is completely paraphrased in the student’s own words.


·         facts, statistics, or other illustrative materials are borrowed, unless the information is common knowledge.


ADA Accommodations


Great Basin College supports providing equal access for students with disabilities. An advisor is available to discuss appropriate accommodations with students.  Please contact the ADA officer in Elko at 753-2271 at your earliest convenience to request timely and appropriate accommodations.


Statement of Academic Integrity


I, Leafe Eriksen-Wedmore, promise to expect nothing more of you, the student, than I, the instructor, expect of myself.  Freedom of speech, thought and learning are a responsibility and right of all participants in this class.  Respect and privacy are assumed.  At times the character of this course material may be of a personal nature, please treat your classmates as you wish to be treated.