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. Number of Instructional Minutes
- IV. Prerequisites
- V. Other Pertinent Information
- This course requires a minimum of 5 observation hours. Pennsylvania Department of Education clearances required.
- VI. Catalog Course Description
- The development of skills in observing, recording, assessing, and evaluating the behavior of young children is the course content. The course requires field experiences to acquaint students with a genuine teaching learning environment. Students complete five hours of observation.
- VII. Required Course Content and Direction
Course Learning Goals
- describe the development of preschool children in the areas of emotional, social, physical, language, and creative development through the use of appropriate assessment techniques, including observations, rating scales, and data collection;
- use and evaluate different types of observation instruments, including rating scales, developmental scales, and running and anecdotal records to describe typical development and screen and identify possible developmental delays, disabilities, and behavior problems;
- describe the use of environmental rating scales to rate the classroom environment;
- describe the components of a comprehensive assessment, including data sources and participants in the evaluation; and
- describe how the effects of the environment, including poverty and culture, affect the accuracy of an assessment.
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities
- Methods of observing and recording behaviors
- Anecdotal records
- Running records
- Specimen records
- Event sampling
- Time sampling
- Rating scales
- Environmental rating scales
- Development of self-concept
- Emotional development
- Social play
- Prosocial behavior
- Motor development
- Cognitive development
- Language development
- Pre-writing and pre-reading skills
- Components of a comprehensive assessment
Assessment Methods for Course Learning GoalsAssessment methods for course learning goals will include projects, case studies, class participation, and online discussions.
Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:See course syllabus.
Review/Approval Date -2/99; New Core 8/2015; Revised 6/2017