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ECE 210: Observation and Assessment in ECE Programs

Course Description

This course is designed to provide an overview of observation and assessment of children in the early childhood classroom, specific to ages 0-5. The course covers the purpose and methods of observation and assessment in the early childhood setting. During the course, students will explore various observation tools and the integral role these assessment methods play in the cycle of intentional teaching and family involvement.  (3 credits)

Prerequisites

  • ECE 101: Introduction to Early Childhood Education
  • ECE 247: Child Development: Birth to Eight

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

 SLOs

NAEYC Professional Preparation Standards

1

Collect information about a child by conducting observations using various assessment methods.

1,3

2

Respond to a child’s developmental needs through the analysis of observational data.

1,3,5

3

Create a portfolio and explain its usefulness in the assessment process.

3

4

Apply knowledge gained from observation of child development to plan an activity.

1,3,5

5

Discuss the use of observation in establishing relationships with parents and children.

2,4

6

Develop awareness of one’s own attitudes, culture, temperament, feelings, and ideas that may affect observation.

2,6

7

Analyze the role ongoing observation and assessment plays in the cycle of intentional teaching.

3,5

8

Explain the significance of observation in life, specifically the role it plays in supporting child development.

3,4

9

Explain the characteristics of a high quality observation and their importance in reporting and maintaining ethics in documentation.

3,4

10

Connect the observation process and cycle of intentional teaching to NAEYC and early childhood state standards.5

11

Recall the stages of development associated with the various developmental domains. 

12

Analyze various observation methods, by identifying their uses, characteristics, and associated challenges and benefits. 

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

Assignments

Weight

Portfolio Assignments

30%

Reflections

30%

Discussions

25%

Portfolio Observations

15%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

Available through Charter Oak State College's online bookstore

  • Nilsen, Barbara A. Week by Week: Plans for Documenting Children's Development - Access Code. 7th ed. Wadsworth, Inc., 2017. ISBN-13: 978-1-337-12768-4

 

Course Schedule

Week

NAEYC Program Standards

NAEYC Professional Standards

Course Topics

Readings / Assignments

1

4

1,3,6

Assessment Methods:

  • Assessment overview

Developmental Domains:

  • N/A

Additional Topics:

  • Syllabus and course review
  • Required text structure overview: Week by Week Plans for Documenting Children’s Development, by Barbara Ann Nilsen
  • Introduction NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children)
    • Program Standards
    • Professional Preparation Standards
  • Early Childhood Standards

Readings:

  1. Course syllabus
  2. Chapter 1: Pages 1-15
  3. NAEYC.org

Assignments:

  1. Identify 2 students in current educational setting to observe throughout semester
  2. Locate and download your state’s Early Childhood Developmental Standards (if available) and corresponding assessment
  3. Watch video: Observing Young Children
  4. Reflection #1
  5. Participate in discussions (2)
  6. Review lecture materials
  7. Complete Class Template #1

2

1,2,6,9

1,2,3,6

Assessment Methods:

  • Class List Log
  • Anecdotal Recordings
  • Checklists

Developmental Domains:

  • Self-Care
  • Physical Development

Additional Topics:

  • Using standards and assessments to create checklists
  • The Intentional Teacher, by Ann S. Epstein-What does it mean to be intentional?

Readings:

  1. Chapter 2: Pages 24-27
  2. Chapter 3: Pages 50-68
  3. Chapter 4: Pages 77-90

Assignments:

  1. In folder/ binder, insert Class List Log (example on page 25)
  2. Watch video: Documenting Children’s Learning
  3. Complete Class #2 Observation Assignment
  4. Participate in discussions (2)
  5. Review lecture materials
  6. Complete Class Template #2

3

1,2

1,3,6

Assessment Methods:

  • Running Records
  • Frequency Counts

Developmental Domains:

  • Social Development
  • Emotional Development
  • The Importance of Play

Readings:

  1. Chapter 5: Pages 114-117, 120-127
  2. Chapter 6: Pages 141-158

Assignments:

  1. Complete observation assignment
  2. Reflection #2
  3. Participate in discussions (2)
  4. Review lecture materials

4

1,2,3

3,6

Assessment Methods:

  • Conversations
  • Time Samples

Developmental Domains:

  • Language and Speech
  • Attention Span

Additional Topics:

  • High quality read alouds and language development

Readings:

  1. Chapter 7: Pages 171-178
  2. Chapter 8: Pages 201-215

Assignments:

  1. Conduct Time Sample Chart to folder/binder (example on page 204)
  2. Read Aloud Assignment (Portfolio Assignment/Key Assessment) *See weekly breakdown noted on assignment
  3. Participate in discussions (1)
  4. Review lecture materials

5

2

3,6

Assessment Methods:

  • Standardized Measurements

Developmental Domains:

  • Cognitive Development

Additional Topics:

  • Common Core Standards
  • CT ELDS standards
  • Standardized Tests: Brigance Screening

Readings:

  1. Chapter 9: Pages 236-265
  2. FAQs: Common Core State Standards Initiative: Pages 1-2

Assignments:

  1. Reflection #3
  2. Read Aloud Assignment (Portfolio Assignment/Key Assessment) *See weekly breakdown noted on assignment
  3. Participate in discussions (2)
  4. Review lecture materials

6

2

1,3,6

Assessment Methods:

  • Rating Scales

Developmental Domains:

  • Literacy

Additional Topics:

  • Running Records
  • The Intentional Teacher, by Ann S. Epstein-What does it mean to be intentional?
  • Using assessment data to plan

Readings:

  1. Chapter 10: Pages 272-301

Assignments:

  1. Read Aloud Assignment (Portfolio Assignment/Key Assessment) *See weekly breakdown noted on assignment
  2. Complete Class #6 Observation Assignment
  3. Participate in discussion (1)
  4. Review lecture materials

7

1,2

1,3,6

Assessment Methods:

  • Work Samples

Developmental Domains:

  • Creativity

Additional Topics:

  • Looking at Dramatic Play

Readings:

  1. Chapter 11: Pages 305-325
  2. Chapter 12: Pages 354-361

Assignments:

  1. Read Aloud Assignment (Portfolio Assignment/Key Assessment) *See weekly breakdown noted on assignment
  2. Participate in discussion (1)
  3. Review lecture materials

8

4,10

3,6

Assessment Methods:

  • Portfolios and Families

Readings:

  1. Chapter 15: Pages 433-448

Assignments:

  1. Reflection #4
  2. Read Aloud Assignment (Portfolio Assignment/Key Assessment) *See weekly breakdown noted on assignment
  3. Participate in discussion (1)
  4. Review lecture materials

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