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Observation in early childhood education programs. Observation of different early childhood age groups. Observing children, teachers, interactions, and environments. Setting the scence for observation. Collecting and recording observational data. Analyzing the observational data. Using the observation data. Observation and documentation techniques and tools. Anecdotal records, checklists, participation charts, frequency counts, rating scales, and rubrics. Documentation panels and portfolios. Sharing observational data with families.
Upon succesful completion of this course, a student will be able to
1. design a variety of observation tools to assess young children’s development and learning
2. compare various forms and tools of observation in early childhood settings
3. identify major developmental characteristics of young children
4. outline the roles of teachers and children in early childhood settings
5. evaluate teacher-child interactions and interactions among young children in early childhood settings.
6. interpret observational data to plan, guide, and respond to young children’s needs.