EDUC115 Observing and Recording the Behavior of Young Children

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Education

I. Course Number and Title
EDUC115 Observing and Recording the Behavior of Young Children
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
2250 minutes
IV. Prerequisites
None
Corequisites
None
V. Other Pertinent Information
None
VI. Catalog Course Description
Course content is based on the development of skills in observing, recording, assessing, and evaluating the behavior of young children. Field experiences are required to acquaint students with a genuine teaching learning environment.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. To provide students with information regarding the development of the preschool child in the areas of emotional, social, physical, cognitive, language, and creative development.
    2. To help students develop an understanding of the diversity of normal behavior present during the preschool period.
    3. To help students link what they have learned in an observation to the classroom situation.
    4. To help students identify problems in behavior.
    5. To introduce the students to different types of observation techniques.
    6. To provide the students with an opportunity to utilize different observation and recording systems.
    7. To provide the students with the understanding of the importance of recording observations.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    1. Methods of Observing and Recording Behaviors
      1. Anecdotal records
      2. Running records
      3. Specimen records
      4. Event sampling
      5. Time sampling
      6. Rating scales
      7. Checklists
    2. Self-identity
      1. Development of self concept
      2. Attachment
    3. Emotional development
    4. Social Play
    5. Prosocial Behavior
    6. Motor Development
    7. Cognitive development
      1. Classification
      2. Number
      3. Time
      4. Space
    8. Language Development
    9. Pre-writing and pre-reading skills
    10. Imagination
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    Departmentally selected textbook. Details provided by the instructor of each course section.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Use of lecture, group discussions, and observations in schools.

Review/Approval Date -2/99