Course Number:
ECE 179
Transcript Title:
Child Portfolios in ECE
Aug 09, 2022
Aug 09, 2022
Total Credits:
Lecture Hours:
Lecture / Lab Hours:
Lab Hours:
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement:
Satisfies General Education requirement:
Grading Options
P/NP, Audit
Default Grading Options
Repeats available for credit:

Course Description

Introduces a holistic method for assessing and recording children’s developmental growth over time, creating authentic meaningful child portfolios. Develops intentional teaching techniques in natural settings incorporating daily routines, activities and play in authentic data collection and storage methods. Utilizes digital technology, observation techniques, and child initiated self-regulated data collection. Audit available.

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Incorporate common components of child portfolios.
  2. Utilize various observation and organization techniques to facilitate the collection of developmental information.
  3. Use digital technology in organizing portfolio data and creating portfolio entries.
  4. Effectively utilize portfolio assessments.

Suggested Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assessment may include attendance, participation, written observations, journal reflections, and written assignments.

Course Activities and Design

The determination of teaching strategies used in the delivery of outcomes is generally left to the discretion of the instructor. Here are some strategies that you might consider when designing your course: lecture, small group/forum discussion, flipped classroom, dyads, oral presentation, role play, simulation scenarios, group projects, service learning projects, hands-on lab, peer review/workshops, cooperative learning (jigsaw, fishbowl), inquiry based instruction, differentiated instruction (learning centers), graphic organizers, etc.

Course Content

  1. Portfolio components.
  2. Collaborating with children and family's in creating portfolios.
  3. Productive observation plans (assessment possibilities, observation schedules, focus on domains, etc.).
  4. Effective organization systems.
  5. Digital technology (digital photography, use of scanners, word processing and simple graphic design software use).
  6. Use of portfolios in parent conferences and EI/ECSE case conferences and in demonstrating achievement of standards.

Department Notes

NAEYC Professional Standards & Competencies for Early Childhood Educators: 

#3- Child Observation, Documentation, & Assessment 

Oregon Registry Core Knowledge Categories: 

OA- Observation & Assessment (10 hours)