ECSE 410. Play-based Instruction for Inclusive Settings. 3 Hours.
Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisites: ECSE 301, TEDU 411 and TEDU 414. Corequisites: TEDU 410, TEDU 416 and TEDU 490. This course is designed to introduce students to the sources, concepts, theory and integrated approaches to play-based instruction for young children with or without disabilities from diverse backgrounds, and including school, home and community settings. Young children’s development and learning are viewed as integral components of play. Various approaches to formal and informal play will be addressed through a hybrid format of course delivery that includes face-to-face lectures, online discussions and reflections, onsite observations, and case-based inquiries. This course particularly values the critical role of families in child development, therefore emphasizing family involvement in play-based instructions across all settings.