Conducting Observations

For each of the following observation methods, you will select a child as a target participant and conduct three separate observations, using one method for each observation:

 Anecdotal record  Checklist or rating scale  Time sampling

The three observations should be for one hour each for a total of three hours of observation.

You also will consider if and/or how any of the three observation methods relate to the assessment/measurement proposed in Module 1. If they are related, you will explain the relationship. If not, you will suggest how these three methods can supplement the process.

Course Objectives  Explain the purposes of observation and assessment for young children  Identify guidelines for developmentally appropriate observation and assessment for young children.  Determine the appropriateness of observation and assessment tools for a specific purpose and developmental level.  Demonstrate knowledge of standardized, play-based, and observation assessment options and the appropriate use with young children.  Describe the process for gathering, interpreting, and disseminating assessment data for very young children.  Describe effective strategies to conduct observation and documentation.

Directions: 1) Save and print the Module 3 Application. 2) Create a 3-page paper (excluding the title and references pages and appendix) in a Word or text document. Use 12-point Times New Roman or Arial font. 3) Use APA (6th edition) format for the title page, references page, and in-text citations. 4) Select a child as a target participant. Conduct three observations, one for each of these methods – anecdotal record, checklist or ratings scale, and time sampling. 5) Devote one hour to each observation for a total of three hours. 6) Document your observations – date, time, length of observation, notes – in a format useful to you. Include the documentation forms in the paper as an Appendix. 7) Include the following in the paper:

ED5413 Observation and Assessment

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 Introduction – Introduce the child serving as the target participant. Refer to the child by initial rather than name; for example, R instead of Robert or Child 1. Include the child’s demographic, personal/home, and educational information..  For each of the observation methods, report on the data collected.  Analyze and summarize the observation data. What patterns are present in the data collected? What recommendations can be made from the data-supported findings?  In conclusion, consider whether the assessment/measurement instrument selected in Module 1 relates to any or all of these three methods. How are they related? If they are not related, how can the three observation methods supplement the assessment/measurement process proposed in Module 1? 8) Follow the directions to submit your final Word or text document.



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