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
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. Course 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; and
    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 Course Learning Goals

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

    Departmentally-selected textbook. Details provided by the instructor of each course section.

Review/Approval Date -2/99; New Core 8/2015