ECY104 - Exploring Diversity

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Subject Title
Exploring Diversity

Subject Description
Students are introduced to the role of advocacy and bias-free practice in a professional context.  Students will examine advocacy and diversity as it relates to services for children, families and early childhood educators.

Credit Status
ECY 104 is an Early Childhood Education Accelerated Diploma Program prescribed program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Analyze personal cultural influences and biases to support inclusive teaching practices.
  2. Identify the early childhood educator’s daily responsibilities in supporting the diverse needs of individual children and families.
  3. Examine the diversity of Canadian society and the influence of culture, family circumstances, gender, abilities, sexual orientation, social economic level, religion and ethnicity on early learning and development.
  4. Examine the influence of different approaches to diversity on early learning and development of your children, including indigenous culture.
  5. Recognize the value of diversity and commonality that exists among individuals to build respect and appreciation of differences.
Learning Content:

1.      Identify the early childhood educator’s daily responsibilities in supporting the diverse needs of individuals.
  • Analyze current legislation related to diverse needs within a social context.
  • Identify methods to meet the specific needs of individual children.
  • Recognize environmental stressors.
  • Implement holistic, inclusive environments.
2.      Utilize appropriate terminology and images used in the study of advocacy and diversity.
  • Respond sensitively and effectively to children, family, and community members.
  • Define appropriate terminology.
  • Examine community resources.
3.      Describe the influences of immigration and colourization, past and present, on the composition of society.
  • Recognize others’ rules, roles, values, and beliefs.
  • Outline the stages of adjustment to a new culture.
  • Focus on Indigenous Residential School experience & repercussions
4.      Recognize the value of diversity and commonality that exists among individuals.
  • Examine your own value system.
  • Utilize skills to support bias-free communication.
5.      Demonstrate respect.
  • Plan curriculum that is responsive to the social and cultural needs of an individual child and children within a group setting.
  • Implement programs that are responsive to the social and cultural needs of an individual child and children within a group setting.
  • Evaluate programs that are responsive to the social and cultural needs of an individual child and children within a group setting.
  • Evaluate curriculum resources based on bias-free practice.
  • Demonstrate responsive communication within the learning environment.
  • Model relationships that are sensitive to and inclusive of all others.
  • Demonstrate respect for diversity by monitoring and modifying interactions.
6.      Recognize the value of self-reflection.
  • Demonstrate self awareness and intrapersonal communication skills through an effective evaluation of one’s own performance.
  • Practice self-awareness techniques.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Corequisite(s): ECY100, ECY102, ECY103, ECY105, EFP102

Topic Outline
1.  Immigration (Residential School Experience):

  • Separation Anxiety
  • Culture Shock
  • Inclusion
2.  Intercultural Senesitivity and Cross-Cultural Communication
3.  Approaches to Child-rearing
4.  Creating a Bias Free Environment:  First Language Maintenance (Residential School Experience)
5.  English as a Second Language
6.  Curriculum Development
7.  Book Selection
8.  Bias Free Education

Mode of Instruction
Class discussion, lectures, reading, multi-media resources, guest speakers, small group activities, experiential activities, written assignments and student seminars.

Prescribed Texts
Doherty, Gillian (2004) Occupational standards for child care practitioners.  Canadian Child Care Federation 

Government of Ontario (2016) Child care and early year act. Toronto: Queens Printer for Ontario

Reference Material

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Evaluation Structure:

  • 35% - Theory Testing
  • 40% - Application Exercises
  • 25% - Final Assessment

Please Note:  It is the student's responsibility to keep copies of materials (assignments, etc) used for evaluative purposes.
In order to receive a passing grade in each ECE subject, every component of evaluation must be completed at a passing level.

Due Dates and Extensions:
Due dates for the assignments and other evaluation procedures for each subject are set in class.
Requests for extensions must be made to the professor before the due date.  Many professors require written requests and approval forms for extensions.
If an assignment is late, one full grade or 10% (whichever is less) may be deducted the first day.  20% may be deducted day 8, etc.
When an assignment grade has been reduced to an "F" because of late submission, the "F" grade will be used to calculate the final subject grade but will not prevent the student from passing the subject.
The last day to submit a late assignment is the last day of classes for that subject.
Unless an extension has already been approved by the professor, assignments received after the final day of a subject will receive "0" marks.  The resulting mark in this subject will be an "F".
If you hand in an assignment too late for feedback or revision, and receive an "F" grade for that assignment, you forfeit the right to resubmit that assignment.

Absence during scheduled tests and presentations require a medical note.  Failure to meet these requirements will result in an “F” grade.  Students are required to notify the professor before the scheduled test or presentation if they are unable to attend.

Assignments and in-class learning opportunities:
If you fail any assignment, in-class learning opportunity, quiz, test or other component of evaluation, you must rework the material at a passing level.
A "D" grade will be the highest grade in such a situation, regardless of the average attained.  You are allowed only 1 (one) rewrite per course.
The individual Professor will clarify re-submission procedures for each subject.

In-Class Presentations and Tests:
Attendance is mandatory for any scheduled in-class presentation or tests.  If a student fails to attend on the pre-arranged date, they will receive an "F" grade.  In the event of a serious occurrence, where a student can produce official documentation, a make up presentation or test may be granted, after discussion with the professor.
When students are absent it is their responsibility to “catch-up” on missed material, announcements, schedule changes, discussions, etc.

Professionalism and Confidentiality:
In cases of cheating or plagiarism, the College Academic Policy will prevail.  Please ensure that all assignments and reports are properly documented.
Students are referred to the following website for the Seneca College Library APA Style Guides, Academic Honesty Policy and Copyright guidelines.

Please retain this subject outline document for future educational and/or employment use.

Important Information:
As a student at Seneca College, you are expected to read the College Academic Policy, College Student Handbook and the ECE Student Handbook.  Please note that this information is very important.

Approved by: Sandra Noble