asmt 2 reading response – Writer Bay

Module 3: Learning Objectives and Introduction


When studying theory it is relevant to remember that theory invites critical thinking and initiates further research that in turn deepens our learning, understanding and practices. With this notion of unfolding research and continual knowledge, it is important to understand not only theories of the past but also acknowledge that they have grounded and shaped the more current research and theories of our present times. Additionally, as seen in the readings from last week, ECEC is not only informed across disciplines but also benefits from sources around the globe. This includes contributions from Canada. Therefore, this week will introduce some contemporary Canadian and Indigenous scholars and their valuable contributions to the field of ECEC.

The readings from both last week and this, concentrate on widely recognized theoretical and/or research influences to ECEC. Please keep in mind that these important contributions originating both locally and from afar, from long ago and the present, represent only a few from the many. There is not only other valuable work in Canada and around the world but also many levels of possible influence to consider. Hopefully the idea of ‘dedicated contributors in your own back yard’ will catch your curiosity and spark a new awareness to those around you, whether your backyard is here in Vancouver or elsewhere in the world. The invaluable perspectives and gifts to ECEC appear in many dimensions, on many levels and at times from unexpected and surprising sources.

· Discover some of the contemporary Canadian influences in the field of ECEC

· Expand awareness of potential sources of influence in ECEC

Module 3: Readings and Resources

Complete the following readings. Unlinked readings are available from the Library Online Course Reserves link in the Course Menu.

· Dietze, B. (2006). Foundations of early childhood education (pp. 26-29). Pearson Prentice Hall.

Sue Fraser

· Vancouver Reggio Association (2019). In loving memory of Sue Fraser.

· (Links to an external site.)

· BC Ministry of Child and Family Development. (2013, April 9). Child care provider receives lifetime achievement award. BC Gov News.

· (Links to an external site.)

· Anderson, L. (2014, December 14). Early childhood educator recalls her roots. North Shore News.

· (Links to an external site.)

The purpose of this assignment is for you to examine, in a critical way, specific concepts of ECE presented throughout the course. Reading responses offer the opportunity to read, synthesize, analyze, critique and discuss assigned weekly readings within the context of a question provided by the instructor.

Reading Response

The reading response is your response to an assigned question (provided by the instructor) related to the weekly readings. Read, synthesize, analyze, and critique the concepts presented within the assigned readings (e.g., chapters, journals, and links) and respond within the context of the question provided by the instructor. Your response must include direct connections and references to the readings/course material.

Please combine your thoughts into one concise response in Microsoft Word, approximately 1.5-2 pages in length (maximum). Please ensure that your assignment formatting is aligned with APA 7 stylistic requirements.

Guiding Questions for Reading Response (Part 1)

In relation to the contents of Module 3,

Part A

Please choose two of the ECE representatives (below) and respond to the following questions:

· Neville Scarfe

· Who is Neville Scarfe? What is the Scarfe children’s garden and where is it?

· Nestor Korchinsky

· Who is Nestor Korchinsky? What is the Nestor Korchinsky leadership award and how is it relevant to ECEC?

· Sue Fraser

· What do you know about Sue Fraser? How would you describe Sue Fraser’s legacy?

· Elder Mary Thomas

· Who was Elder Mary Thomas? What was her legacy for early childhood education, and what does the memorial in place represent for ECE educators?

Researching Tip: It is helpful to search for information on the Internet. For example, you could search the UBC website, including pictures and descriptions of important campus buildings. You could make a virtual visit to the Neville Scarfe Building and other buildings. Yes, you could also interview someone if you would like at the UBC Library or at the Faculty of Education to find out more information. Please remember to provide the sources for your information.

In your reading response, address the following questions:

1. Where you aware of these educators before this activity?

2. What surprises you about these educators and their work in the field of ECE?

Part B

Choose One of the Canadian contributions highlighted in Dietze’s (2006) chapter that had particular meaning to you, and discuss how that person’s work may influence your future work. Please include examples.

· Rosemary Brown

· Dr. Gillian Doherty

· Martha Friendly

· Mary Gordon

· Dr. Clyde Hertzman

· Dr. Sharon Hope Irwin

· Dr. Donna Lero

· The Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain

· Dr. Fraser Mustard

· Dr. Dan Offord


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