CDEC 1319
Child Guidance

Western Texas College

  1. Basic Course Information
    1. Course Description: An exploration of guidance strategies for promoting prosocial behaviors individual and groups of children. Emphasis on positive guidance principles and techniques, family involvement, and cultural influences.
    2. Required Prerequisite: None
  2. Student Learning Outcomes
    1. Describe theories related to child guidance
    2. Explain how guidance promotes autonomy, self-discipline, and pro-social skills
    3. Identify familial and cultural influences on child guidance
    4. Apply guidance techniques
  3. Testing Requirements
    1. The final exam must be proctored. (ask your instructor for more details)
    2. Students will NOT be allowed to use their book and notes for the final exam
  4. Major Course Requirements
    1. Assignments         60%
    2. Attendance           20%
    3. Final                       20%
  5. Information on Books
    1. Required Book: Positive Child Guidance, 7th Edition Cengage Learning
  6. Other Policies, Procedures and important dates. Please refer to the WTC Catalog for the following:
    1. Campus Calendar
    2. Final Exam Schedule
    3. How to drop a class
    4. Withdrawal Information
    5. Student Conduct/Academic Integrity
    6. Class Attendance
    7. Student with disabilities
  7. Course Content
Chapter 1

Why Guidance Matters

Child Rearing in Today’s World
Developmentally Appropriate Practice
Positive Child Guidance

Chapter 2

Historical Perspectives and Guidance

Historical Perspectives
Child in Society
Philosophies of Guidance

Chapter 3

Understanding Children’s Behavior

Ages and Stages
Infants (Birth to 12 months)
Toddlers (12 months to 3 years)
Preschoolers (3 to 5 years)
Early School-Agers (5 to 8 years)
Older School-Agers (9 to 12 years)

Chapter 4

How to Observe Children

Identifying Personal Biases
Observation Sequence
Observation Strategies

Chapter 5

Serving Culturally Diverse Children and Families

Children and Families in their Communities
Prejudice, Racism, and Discrimination
Culture Shapes Guidance
Respecting Culture

Chapter 6

Understanding Children with Ability Differences

Laws and Programs
Physical Conditions Affect Behaviors

Chapter 7

Designing Developmentally Appropriate Environments Inside and Out

Nurture Appropriate Behavior
DAP Environment
Calm, Peaceful Classroom Atmosphere
Outdoor Environment
Nurturing Social Environment
Nurturing Adult

Chapter 8

Building Relationships through Positive Communication

Foundation for Positive Communication
Addressing Underlying Feelings
Positive Instructions versus Negative Commands
Assertive Communication
Nonproductive Communication
Conflict Resolution

Chapter 9

Fundamental Causes of Positive and Negative Behavior

Moral Development
Defining Negative Behavior
Problem Behavior

Chapter 10

Effective Guidance Interventions

Harmful or Unfair Behaviors
Assertively Shape Positive Behavior

Chapter 11

Mistaken Goals, Motivation, and Mindfulness

Child Abuse or Neglect
Meeting Adult Needs
Punishment versus Guidance
Maslow’s Hierarchy
Social-Emotional Intelligence


Keeping Records

Anecdotal Records
Running Account
Time Sampling
Event Sampling


Last Modified: January 10, 2017