Great Basin College

Early Childhood Education

HDFS 232

Diversity and the Young Child

Prerequisites: ECE 250 

3 Credits -   Fall 2012


Instructor:                   Lynette Macfarlan, MA, Edu.


Office:                           EIT Building, # 122 


Phone:                         775-753-2239 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting FREE 775-753-2239 end_of_the_skype_highlighting   


Fax:                               775-753-2131





Office Hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays: 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM

or by appointment



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


Diversity will be explored in terms of cultural, ethnic, and linguistic variations as well as differences in ability and typical and atypical development. Cultural influences on young children’s social skills, behaviors, communication styles, and family child-rearing practices will be examined through an interactive approach.




York, Stacey. (2006) Roots and Wings, Affirming Culture in Early Childhood Programs. Merrill Education/Redleaf Press. ISBN: 0-13-172793-1


Book Store Information


The Great Basin College Book Store is located in the Community Center building adjacent to Café X.  The GBC Book Store number is 753-2270.  For those of you who are enrolled from another site, please contact the book store to order your book and Extended Syllabus as soon as you are enrolled. You can also order your books on-line through the GBC Web site:  




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


o       Have and maintain a virus-free computer

o       Have knowledge of Windows and file handling

o       Be able to access the class website through Webcampus

o       Have and maintain Internet access throughout the semester

o       If students have computer or Internet problems, they must have an alternative solution for back-up purposes:  GBC Computer Lab, GBC Library, or a friend’s computer


Methods of Instruction


o       Weekly Overview

o       Chapter Power Points

o       Student Interviews

o       Audio Visual Materials

o       Reading Assignments

o       Internet Research

o       Curriculum Development


Types of Assessment


·        Weekly Quizzes

·        Discussion Board Reflections

·        Progressive Final/Weekly Research, Projects and/or Essays


v    Life Map


v    Children and Prejudice


v    Racism in our Schools


v    Family, Culture and Community


v    Culturally Responsive Education


v    Multicultural Education/Bilingual Education


v    Culturally Sensitive & Relevant Curriculum


v    Anti-Biased Lesson Plans – A Study of Bibliotherapy



Student Outcomes




Student Outcomes

Assessment: Means to Measure Student Outcomes


1.      Examine the intricate nature of our culturally diverse society.



Discussion Board: #1

Progressive Final: Life Map, The Changing Face of Our Classrooms

2.      Acquire an understanding of the profound impact that family culture and ethnicity play in the lives of young children.



Discussion Board #2

Progressive Final: Prejudice and Racism

Research: Brown vs. the Board of Education, Ruby Bridges, Native American Boarding Schools, Little Rock Nine

3.      Recognize developmental characteristics of young children in relation to culture.



Discussion Board #2  

Progressive Final: Bilingual Education & Family, Culture and Community

4.      Research multicultural education through children’s literature.



Discussion Board #2 & #3

Progressive Final: Lesson Plan Development based on Family Culture Supported by the Nevada Preschool Content Standards; Bibliotherapy

5.      Create culturally responsive early childhood curriculum activities.



Discussion Board #3

Progressive Final: Culturally Relevant, Anti-Biased Curriculum; Bibliotherapy

6.      Research their own culture, biases, issues, directions and roots as a means to better understand the integration of multicultural content in early childhood classrooms.

Discussion Board #1

Progressive Final: Life Map, Anti-Biased Activities and historical events that changed the face of America






Course Requirements


Note of Importance: According to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) guide to Developmentally Appropriate Practices (DAP), as well as current research, young children learn best when provided with opportunities to make choices and engage in social interactions, collaboration and communication. It is inappropriate for children to be required to respond only to questions with pre-determined right or wrong answers, to fill in blanks on worksheets, and to sit passively as the teacher lectures for long periods of time. Children of underrepresented cultures, ethnicities, and ability levels are most adversely affected by this developmentally inappropriate instruction. This course will provide information based on research that will assist future teachers in creating multicultural classrooms where all children receive a fair and equal education and family culture is respected and embraced.   


Ø     Participation is very important since students will be responsible for completing quizzes, reading assignments and reflective essays 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. 


Ø     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!


Ø     Assignments must be turned in by specified dates.  Weekly assignments are due on Mondays at 8 A.M. beginning September 14thLate assignments will not be accepted unless prior arrangements are made with the instructor in advance.



Ø     Written assignments:


·        Must be typed, organized, and neat.

·        Correct spelling, grammar and format 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. Please do not write your response in the drop box. If this occurs, the assignment will be returned to you.  If you do not know how to type a Word document and send it as an attachment, it is imperative that you learn the process prior to taking this class. If you need assistance, please call the Help Desk, e-mail or call me at 775-753-2239 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting FREE 775-753-2239 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

·        Discussion Board assignments DO NOT need to be sent as an attachment. Your responses can be written in the drop box. 




This course will officially begin on August 30th.  All assignments are due on Monday at 8:00 A.M. beginning September 13th. You will be given two weeks to orient yourself to the course. Prior to your first assignment, I am asking that all students introduce themselves through Webcampus e-mail by writing a two paragraph autobiography. The introduction is due by September 6th at 8:00 AM. It must be sent to the instructor and the other students who are enrolled in the class. Students are expected to reply to one another. This is an expedited course, and assignments are due weekly up until October 25th. Students will have 2 weeks to submit their assignments for Chapters 7, 8, and 9.


Weekly, students are required to follow the guidelines specified under the Course Content icon on the Home Page.   Students will begin by reading the Chapter Overview and continuing though the links.  Students will be taking 1 quiz on each chapter.  The Final Exam will not be administered at the end of the course, but rather through the progression of the semester.  Students will complete 2 to 3 Final Exam questions on each chapter weekly.  There will be 3 graded Discussion Board assignments. 






Assignments Due:


8/27 – 9/17

Week 1 & 2


(Two weeks to orient to course. Purchase book prior to the beginning of the course).




Read Introduction


Complete Quiz


Final Exam Questions


Introduce Yourself through Webcampus

E-mail by September 7th.  


Reminder: All Final Exam question responses must be submitted as an attachment.



 Introduce yourself through the Webcampus e-mail by writing a minimum two paragraph autobiography. Send it to your instructor and all of the other students who are enrolled in the class. Please respond to all of your classmates. Due: Monday, September 10th by 8:00 am. 


Final Exam Questions


First Assignment Due: Monday, Sept. 17th by 8 am.



Remember Discussion

Board Assignment!

Chapter 1

Read Ch. 1


Complete Quiz


Don’t Forget: 1st

Discussion Board Response


Final Exam Questions



Discussion Board: Respond to a

minimum of 3 other students.


Final Exam Questions


Due: Monday, Sept. 24th by 8 am.


Chapter 2

Read Ch. 2


Complete Quiz


Final Exam Questions



Final Exam Questions


Due: Monday, Oct. 1st by 8 am.






Chapter 3





Read Ch. 3


Complete Quiz


 Final Exam Questions



Final Exam Questions


Due: Monday, Oct. 8th by 8 am.



Remember Discussion

Board Assignment


Chapter 4

Read Ch.4


Complete Quiz


Don’t Forget: 2nd Discussion Board



Final Exam Questions



Discussion Board: Respond to a

minimum of 3 other students.


Final Exam Questions


Due: Monday, Oct. 15th by 8am.


Chapter 5

Read Ch. 5


Complete Quizzes


Final Exam Questions



Final Exam Questions


Due: Monday, Oct. 22nd by 8 am.



Remember Discussion

Board Assignment

Chapter 6

Read Ch. 6


Complete Quiz


Don’t Forget: 3rd Final Discussion Board



Final Exam Questions



Final Exam Questions


Discussion Board: Respond to a

minimum of 3 other students.


Due: Monday, Oct. 29th by 8:00 am.


Chapter 7


(2 weeks to complete)

Read Ch. 7


Complete Quiz


Final Exam Questions



Final Exam Questions


Due: Monday, Nov. 5th by 8 am.


Chapter 8


(2 weeks to complete)

Read Ch. 8


Complete Quiz


Final Exam Questions



Final Exam Questions


Due: Monday, Nov. 12th by 8 am.



Chapter 9


(3 weeks to complete)


Read Ch.9


Complete Quiz


Final Exam Questions





Final Questions Essay Due

Congratulations! You have completed the course.


Due: Monday, Dec. 3rd - Dec. 10th 


End of Class!



Course Assignments


·        Reading Assignments: It is imperative that reading assignments be taken seriously.  The chapters are rich and informative.  Students are encouraged to take notes on points of interest. Critical thinking, personal reflection and interactive discussions are integral components of this class. Students will be graded on the basis of accuracy, completeness, and the degree of excellence in carrying out the required assignments.


·        Quizzes: A 10-question quiz will be given weekly on each chapter to include Matching, True/False and Multiple Choice. The quizzes cover chapter information therefore it is imperative that students thoroughly process the information in each reading assignment.  The quizzes will not be timed.  I encourage students 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.  


·        Discussion Board/Reflection: Students are required to complete 3 Discussion Board assignments. A set of reflective questions will be posed in the Discussion Board area in Chapters 1, 4 and 6. 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 views and personal 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 excessive spelling and grammar errors.  


·        Progressive Final Exam: Rather than completing the Final Exam at the end of the course, students will be completing the exam throughout the duration of the course.  Each week, I will post final questions based on the chapter content, reading assignments and personal experience related to young children.  I will also be asking for personal reflection on many of the questions.  I expect all responses to be detailed, comprehensive and grammatically correct and written in a neat, concise and understandable format. Points will be deducted for spelling and grammar errors.  It is imperative that all parts of each question be included. All Final Question responses must be written in an APA or MLA format. Sources must be cited when and if applicable. Student must submit their response in a Word format. If students do not have Microsoft Word, it is essential that posted assignments be saved in Rich Text before submitting to the instructor. 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. 


·        Participation and a Positive Interactive Attitude: These points are essential for receiving an “A.”   A student’s positive attitude can make a difference in his or her personal growth and course progression. Students who proactively participate and interact with the instructor and other students gain social and intellectual insight on growing issues and trends in multicultural education. Note: Continual late submissions will have an adverse affect on this score.



HDFS 232 Diversity 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 @ 30 points each

(One quiz per chapter)

300 Points


Discussion Board/Reflective Essay    

(3 @ 50 possible points)

150 Points

Chapters 2, 5 & 7 only! 


Participation/Positive Attitude:

100 Points


Final Chapter Questions:

(10 sets of questions @  40 possible points)

400 Points





950 Points              






90 - 100 %

855 - 950


80 -  89%

759 - 854


70 -  79%  

663 - 758


60 -  69%

567 - 662


0 -   59%

0 - 566

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:    855/950  = 90% or an “A”

750/950 =  79% or a “C”






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.