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Seeing Young Children is an extensive guide to observing and recording the behavior of children from birth, through age eight. 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. General guidelines for observing children are an extremely important component of the framework, as are the basic elements of observing and recording behavior. In what is perhaps the most important material of all, the author discusses how to interpret observations, the implementation of findings, and ongoing evaluation. Seven chapters are dedicated to detailed discussions of nine recording techniques or instruments, and the advantages and disadvantages of each. The last five chapters are dedicated to the actual observation exercises through which readers can test their skills. Specific by age group, each chapter provides students with observation objectives, instructions as to procedure, and background information on many functional areas.
- Presents substantive arguments supporting the importance and necessity of observation for effective human functioning.
- Provides background information on how children grow and develop over time enabling the reader to complete the observation exercises, and to interpret the observational data.
- Provides a thorough explanation of the factors that potentially influence the observation process and the rules and guidelines that should inform and direct any efforts to observe and record children's behavior in any type of setting.
- Provides thorough discussion of nine recording techniques and their respective characteristics, advantages, and disadvantages.
- Provides detailed observation exercises that cover the period from birth through eight years of age.
- It also provides information concerning important developmental accomplishments and milestones to guide one's observing and recording of behavior and behavior change at each level of development covered.
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.
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