Observation and Participation in Early Childhood Settings: A Practicum Guide, Birth Through Age Five / Edition 1

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Condensed from its popular 1996 parent title of the same name, this book was written to illustrate effective methods for observing young children's development (ages 0-5) and documenting observations. It is designed to guide readers' participation with children of different age groups in a variety of early childhood settings. The book encourages readers to interact with children as they learn more about development by carrying out the activities outlined in each chapter. This book models the educational approaches which professionals advocate for early childhood classrooms: Observational Learning, Active Learning, Guided Discovery, Choice, Mini-Lessons and Cooperative Learning are all incorporated into this book through concise overviews and numerous activities related to early childhood development and education. For professionals in the field of early childhood education.
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Provides undergraduate and graduate students with effective techniques for observing and documenting young children's development in a variety of settings. Covers caring for infants and observing them in home and group-care settings, toddlers, preschool children, and working with families of young children. Appends a playground improvement rating scale and suggestions for increasing positive social interaction among children. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205264742
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/19/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 186
  • Product dimensions: 8.28 (w) x 10.96 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The Role of Observation and Participation in Early Childhood Education 1
Ch. 2 Methods for Recording Observations of Young Children's Behavior 13
Ch. 3 Caring for Infants and Observing Them in Home and Group-Care Settings 41
Ch. 4 Exploring the World of Toddlers 63
Ch. 5 Interacting with Preschool Children in Group Settings 83
Ch. 6 Living and Learning with Kindergarten Children 113
Ch. 7 Working with Families of Young Children 145
App. A A Time-Sampling Technique for Evaluating Infant/Toddler Programs 167
App. B Playground Improvement Rating Scale 175
App. C Ways to Increase Positive Social Interaction among Children 179
Index 183
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