ERS201 - Evidence Informed Decision Making

Outline info
Last revision date 2018-09-24 00:50:37.404
Last review date 2018-11-07 14:46:27.133

Subject Title
Evidence Informed Decision Making

Subject Description
This course examines how research, current legislation, regulations, and ethical and professional standards impact evidence informed practices of resource consultants. Students assess a variety of observation and screening tools, family engagement models and learning strategies in order to understand child development and advise families and early learning educators. They utilize and reflect on professional knowledge and plan further learning related to teaching and inclusive practices. 

Credit Status
One credit in the ECE Resource Consulting graduate certificate.

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

1. Select various observation and screening tools to understand their value in determining childrens' areas of strengths and challenges to communicate to the family service team.
2. Assess inclusion in the context of early learning pedagogy and research evidence to inform practice.
3. Evaluate how current legislation and regulations inform the work of resource consultants.
4. Analyze evidence informed inclusive practices to support children living with diverse abilities.
5. Compare and contrast how current legislation and regulations inter-relate with ethical and professional standards to impact daily resource consultant practices.
6. Assess knowledge to create a plan for further development and learning related to early childhood pedagogy and inclusive practices.

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.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

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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.

ERS101 and ERS102

Mode of Instruction
Online facilitation and interaction. 

Prescribed Texts
Coffee, G., Ray-Subramanian, C.E., Schanding Jr., T., Feeney-Kettle, K. (2013.)  Early Childhood Education: A Practical Guide to Evidence-Based, Multi-Tiered Service Delivery. Routledge  ISBN978-0415506472

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
Newsletter (20%)
Evaluation of Screening Tool Assignment (20%)
Reflective Discussions (20%)
Final Exam (40%)

Approved by: Sandra Noble