Course Description

Enhance your ability to help all children reach their full potential by deepening your understanding of effective curriculum and teaching.

This year's Summer Institute, Project Work as Learning Journeys: Situating Projects with Children and Families to Cultivate an Enduring Sense of Place and Purpose, provides conceptual frames, research and examples to critically inform the intentional design of curriculum in ECE programs. Participants will: 1) explore definitions of curriculum, 2) examine principles underlying prominent integrated curricular approaches, 3) experience the design, implementation, and documentation of a project for adults; and 4) reflect on implications for carrying out project work with young children and their families.  This course is offered in collaboration with the Executive Office on Early Learning.


Learner Outcomes


This summer’s institute will enable participants to

  1. Explore definitions of curriculum and integrated curricular approaches uncovering how context (historical and sociocultural influences) inform familiar curricular models.
  2. Develop a working definition that reflects the theoretical and research base informing contemporary early childhood education;
  3. Generate principles or tenets to guide decision making when engaging in integrated curriculum planning, implementation, and documentation and assessment in early learning program.
  4. Apply the project approach theoretical model to the design, implementation, and documentation of a rigorous, integrated project for adult learners.
  5. Analyze the similarities and differences between developmentally effective pedagogical strategies for project work with adult learners with project work with young children and their families.



For course-related questions, please contact Robyn Chun at ece@hawaii.edu.

For registration questions, please email ochelp@hawaii.edu.

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