Focusing On Child Study

1. Focused Child Study (PLO 1, 6, 7):

Knowing your infants and toddlers and properly planning for their development starts with observing them. You will collect anecdotes, analyze 5 anecdotes while observing one child and plan for that child’s development, and then summarize what you learned. (See instructions below and in the assignment for this study). Please make sure that you are collecting 5 anecdotes from the same child. See the rubric on moodle. This assignment has been separated and each part explained below with corresponding possible points.

a. Collect 5 anecdotes on one infant or toddler under the age of 2 years and 6 months. Make sure that you get different anecdotes and not all the same (e.g., all art, or all language). If you do not currently work directly with children, find a child (e.g., relatives, neighbors, church children, etc.) but they need to be under 2 1/2 years old. (Forms are provided in the file named “Anecdote Form”).  If finding an infant or toddler to observe presents a challenge, please contact me directly so we may brainstorm alternatives (e.g., asking family/friends to send video clips of an infant/toddler or relying on memories from working with a child) (15 pts).

b. Categorize the anecdotes according to child development based on the Milestones presented in Chapter’s 5-7 Infants and Children Prenatal Through Middle Childhood and pp 282-283 (10 pts).

c. Then use those 5 anecdotes to complete a detailed analysis of each. Each anecdote should be written in paragraph form that includes (i-iii) below along with planning for that child’s development. What did you learn about this child from these anecdotes? Each anecdote should include the following: (20 pts.)

i. Include the specific development (e.g., Milestones presented in Chapter’s 5-7)

ii. Why is this anecdote significant to this child’s development? Why did you choose it?

iii. Now that you have an idea of the interests, needs and strengths of the child(ren) you observed, based on the 5 anecdotes that you chose, for each one plan an activity that you would do with this child to support his/her development and/or what materials would you use with that child to support his/her development.

d. Connect the observations with theory (Piaget, Vygotsky, etc.) from chapter 1. Compare and contrast how two or more theorists would interpret your observations of the child. You are to consider the theorist’s views on the domains of development and their views in terms of the basic issues. Discuss how the theorist(s) support or connect your anecdote to development. You must support all theory references with an APA reference citation to your textbook complete with page number. (15 points)

e. Write a summary of why teachers (or another profession) should observe infants and toddlers and what you learned from doing this assignment. (5 pts)

f. Grammar, writing & APA formatting. Paper should have a title page, formatted according to APA specifications, utilize proper APA in text citations and have a corresponding reference page formatted in APA

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