Curriculum content of early childhood education courses in the California community colleges
Author(s)Hironaka, Florance Endo
Contributor(s)Joseph, Marjory L.
California State University, Northridge. Department of Education
Clark, E. Audrey
Sutton, Louise B.
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AbstractIncludes bibliographical references (pages 68-74)
The purpose of this study was to determine the curriculum content of Early Childhood Education courses in the California community colleges. The research was needed mainly to assist those initiating nursery school programs at the community colleges, and to aid part-time instructors by serving as a guide for curriculum development. Forty of the 81 California public community colleges offering early childhood programs were selected randomly and sent a letter requesting all course outlines for their early childhood education program. Of the 35 community colleges responding, the Social and Behavioral Sciences division and the Child-related departments were the most often in charge of the most frequently named program, Early Childhood Education. Diversity was the most marked characteristic of the curriculum content. Twenty-five courses were categorized from the total outlines. Those courses having a mean greater than three semester units suggested the possible offering of the course in sequence. Those courses for which 50 percent or more of the colleges required prerequisites probably were taken the second year at the college. A summary outline for each course category was included.