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Ecd 69 - Child Stdy Through Observation
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Chabot College Fall 2008 Replaced Fall 2010 Course Outline for Early Childhood Development 69 CHILD STUDY THROUGH OBSERVATION Catalog Description ECD 69 Child Study Through Observation 3 units Current approaches for observing and recording the behavior of infants and young children using various scientific techniques Effective observations that build on respecting and fostering all children s competence striving for objectivity and individualizing programs to meet individual children s learning and developmental assessment Direct observational experience and application of methods is required weekly Prerequisite Early Childhood Development 51 completed with a grade of C or higher 3 hours Typical contact hours 52 5 Prerequisite Skills Before entering this course the student should be able to 1 demonstrate knowledge of the basic developmental theories of prenatal neonatal infant toddler preschool and early primary child development within a social cultural context 2 articulate connections between child development knowledge and appropriate practices 3 describe current trends in research about early childhood 4 describe typical development milestones of children birth through eight years 5 identify the strengths and exceptional needs of the child in the context of his her family 6 assess through observation and identify children s unique qualities behaviors skills traits and developmental level 7 identify techniques for studying children 8 identify ethical responsibilities to children Expected Outcomes for Students Upon completion of this course the student should be able to 1 describe and examine historical foundations and contemporary issues related to standards and accountability in Early Care and Education 2 describe methodologies for effective observation of all children teachers and environments 3 analyze factors of culture linguistic education ethnicity race temperament and individual differences in relationship to their influence on viewing and interpreting observed situations 4 demonstrate knowledge of professional ethics and objectivity as they pertain to observation 5 apply child development principles authentic assessment and observational skills to the preparation of a child s developmental profile and portfolio 6 formulate a communication plan within the educational team 7 demonstrate the development of essential writing skills to accurately and objectively record observations of children Course Content 1 Historical influences and contemporary issues a Federal state and local involvement and expectations of Early Care and Education b Involvement of the profession c Foundations standards and accountability d Theoretical implications versus pragmatic issues 2 Methods for effective observations of all children a Formal and informal b Anecdotal notes c Tally and frequency checklists d Event and time sampling Chabot College Course Outline for ECD 69 Fall 2008 3 2 3 4 5 6 7 Page 2 e Running records f Written narrative g Use of audio and video tapes h Documentation Observing children teachers and environment a Factors affecting objective observations 1 Personality temperament and biases of observer 2 Education cultural and linguistic considerations b Professional ethics 1 Role and responsibility of the observer Confidentiality Approval from family Observation key to authentic assessment a On going process b Reflect on observation c Develop an action plan d Modify the environment and curriculum for individual children e Evaluate modifications f Next steps Assessment tools a Evaluating culturally and linguistically appropriate tools b Developmental observational checklists c Desired Results Profile DRP d Ages Stages e Environmental rating tools Children s portfolios and documentation a Linking to development b Samples of child s work and play c Photos video of projects activities interactions d Audio written records of conversations Communication and collaboration within an Early Educational team a Interpreting observation and assessment data b Child s health records c Knowledge of individual Family Service Plans IFSP and Individual Education Plans IEP d Use of data to inform families and set individual goals Methods of Presentation 1 2 3 4 Lecture and discussion Audio visual aids Guest speakers Student projects Assignments and Methods of Evaluating Student Progress 1 Typical Assignments a Complete three to five observations of children using specific criteria b Create a portfolio of a child s work to document the child s growth and development throughout the semester c Reflect on observations to understand the process of evaluation and assessment 2 Methods of Evaluating Student Progress a Attendance and participation b Observation assignments and reports c Midterm exam d Final assignment Chabot College Course Outline for ECD 69 Fall 2008 Page 3 Typical Texts Observing and Recording the Behavior of Young Children Cohen D Stern V Balaban N 4th edition Teachers College Press 2001 The Art of Awareness How Observation can Transform Your Teaching Curter Deb Carter Margie St Paul Mn Redleaf Press 2000 These texts are by well regarded experts in the early childhood field The information is presented in accessible and understandable terms that will be useful to students


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