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.