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Observation and Guidance II

Course Number: ECE 221
Transcript Title: Observation and Guidance II
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: January 15, 2015
Total Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 30
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit

Prerequisites

WR 115 and ECE 121

Course Description

Examines techniques for observing and recording behavior and keeping records as used in the care and education of infants through five-year-olds. Focuses on observation and guidance techniques for children and groups of children in addressing challenging behaviors and issues in early childhood environments, families and their community.  Covers the teacher’s role and caregiver's role in using observation to promote development, including self-development. Prerequisites: WR 115 and ECE 121.Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Identify (individually and collaboratively) appropriate guidance techniques for groups of children based on proven theory and practices.
  2. Recognize environmental, developmental, and cultural factors that impact children’s behaviors.
  3. Make accurate observations of groups of children based on child development principles. 
  4. Understand the connection between observations and appropriate guidance, management, and planning for groups of children.
  5. Identify and apply standard assessment tools commonly used in the field of early childhood education. 
  6. Discuss the role of observation in communicating with parents and professionals.

Alignment with Institutional Core Learning Outcomes

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assessments may include: attendance, group discussions, written observations, journal reflections, child case studies, community environment tours and interviews, portfolio work collection, group project, final exam and written assignments.

Course Activities and Design

Activities may include: online reading, discussion, reflection, interview, observation, assignments, interviews, community tours, portfolio work collection, child case study, observation graphing assignment, final exam and other written assignments.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Students will acquire skills and abilities through practice relating to:

  • Event samples, checklists, and rating scales.
  • Record keeping and portfolio building.
  • Group management techniques.
  • Indirect guidance and the relationship between children’s behavior and the environment.
  • Communication of information derived from observations and portfolios to parents, staff, community members.
  • Relationships between personal belief systems, children’s behavior, and use of guidance techniques.
  • Integration of observations techniques into the Observe, Plan, Do, Reflect, Revise process.

Department Notes

NAEYC standards that relate are Standard #3 - Observing, Documenting, and Assessing to Support Young Children and Families

Core Knowledge categories – Observation and Assessment (O & A)