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Observing and Understanding Child Development: A Child Study Manual 1st Edition

Debra Ahola, Abbe Kovacik

  • Published
  • 336 Pages

Overview

Observing and Understanding Child Development: A Child Study Manual is a text with the benefits of a resource and workbook, designed to help students and practitioners learn to gather and interpret data to gain insight into child development. The reader is first introduced to the importance and techniques of observation, being taught why, how, and when to observe. They then move into developmental domains including the typical patterns of development, as well as the patterns of children with special needs. Child development theory is woven into each chapter in a straightforward and manageable way. There are also chapters on the development of art, music, and movement. It is a book that will move the reader through theory to application, and will remain a timely and important resource that can be referenced again and again.

Debra Ahola, Schenectady County Community College, Schenectady, New York

Debra Ahola is an Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education at Schenectady County Community College

Abbe Kovacik, Schenectady County Community College, Schenectady, New York

Abbe Kovacik is also a Professor of Education at Schenectady County Community College. Abbe is the Education Director for the Capital District Child Care Coordinating Council, Inc.
  • Accompanying CD-ROM � provides immediate examples via streaming video that gives the reader direct experience with the subject at hand
  • Project Timeline/Outlined Process � breaks down the child study process into a manageable timeline
  • Special Needs Considerations � Each chapter includes information regarding children with special needs, how the needs can be identified through assessment, and how patterns may change due to those special needs
  • Chapter on Development of Arts � Includes the development of music, movement, and art in children
  • Activities and Resources � Selection of proven activities that can be instructor lead or done independently by the student
Chapter 1: Observation
Chapter 2: Anecdotal Observations and Reporting
Chapter 3: Checklists
Chapter 4: Play-Based Assessment
Chapter 5: Testing-(non-standardized and standardized)
Chapter 6: Providing Examples
Chapter 7: Cognitive Domain
Chapter 8: Emotional Domain
Chapter 9: Social Domain
Chapter 10: Language(receptive and expressive)
Chapter 11: Motor (gross and fine)
Chapter 12: Writing the Background/History Section of the Child Study
Chapter 13: Writing Developmental Domain Summaries
Chapter 14: Presenting the Child Study