Seeing Young Children: A Guide to Observing and Recording Behavior / Edition 6

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This book uniquely blends the theoretical and practical aspects of observing and recording behavior, and begins with a discussion of the basic meaning of observation, and why it is so important to human functioning. The author discusses how to interpret observations, the implementation of findings, and ongoing evaluation to aid in comprehension. Actual observation exercises allow readers to test their skills along the way.

Methods, behaviors, plans & contexts/narrative descriptions/anecdotal records/observing the infant/etc.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The 6th edition continues to be solid in content regarding using systematic observation to understand and evaluate children's behavior and learning. I consider the included tables as the continued strength of the book. These tables describe milestones in child development in all domains. The tables are not only informative themselves, but they are very appropriate in the Overview part to fit the "guide" nature of the book." - Wenju Shen Ed.D, Valdosta State University, Georgia

"I believe that the 6th edition has new material that will be helpful. When I teach this course for the spring semester 2007, I plan to implement the Florence case studies and the practical exercises. Further, the in-depth discussions on the observation methods are useful for focus point study with students when needed." - Beverlyn Cain, Ed.D, Elizabeth City State University, North Carolina

"I really like the way that Bentzen has added more examples of observations within each chapter and how he has made more comparisons across methods in each chapter as well. I also like the addition of "Florence's thinking" throughout various chapters." - Tisha Bennett Sanders, Ed.D., Vanderbilt University, Tennessee

In this time tested guide to observing the behavior of children from birth to age eight, Bentzen (State U. of New York at Plattsburgh) covers the practical and theoretical aspects of observing young children's behavior. He provides developmental principles and concepts and observation exercises in order to assist readers in the application of data. He also offers advice on the advantages and disadvantages of different recording techniques and how culture affects the observational process. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781418073787
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/9/2008
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 469,793
  • Product dimensions: 8.15 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Warren Bentzen is a retired Associate Professor from Plattsburgh State University College of New York.

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Table of Contents

Preface. Chapter 1: Introduction. Chapter 2: An Introduction to Growth and Development. Chapter 3: General Guidelines for Observing Children. Chapter 4: Methods, Behavior, Plans, and Contexts. Chapter 5: An Introduction to Observation and Recording Methods. Chapter 6: Narrative Descriptions. Chapter 7: Time Sampling. Chapter 8: Event Sampling. Chapter 9: Diary Description. Chapter 10: Anecdotal Records. Chapter 11: Frequency Counts or Duration Records. Chapter 12: Checklists and Rating Scales. Chapter 13: Application: Recording Methods in Action. Chapter 14: Interpretation of Observations, Implementation of Findings, and Ongoing Evaluation. Chapter 15: Observing the Newborn: Birth to One Month. Chapter 16: Observing the Infant: One to Twenty-Four Months. Chapter 17: The Young Child: Ages Two through Five. Chapter 18: The School-Age Years: The Six Year Old Child. Chapter 19: The School-Age Years: The Seven and Eight Year Old Child. Appendices. Glossary. References. Annotated Bibliography. Index.

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