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PRINCIPLES OF CHILD DEVELOPMENT OBSERVATION PAPER ASSIGNMENT PRINCIPLES OF CHILD DEVELOPMENT (85-221) OBSERVATION PAPER ASSIGNMENT

(85-221)

SPRING 2001

SPRING 2001

The goal of this paper assignment is to relate naturalistic observations of young children to the principles, frameworks, and research you are studying. 1. Select one of the following questions for your observation. A) How effectively do younger and older toddlers communicate with each other and with adults (e.g., teachers, parents, etc)? Preparatory Reading: Cole & Cole Ch. 8 Observe the communication with peers and adults at the Cyert Center for Early Education. Compare and contrast the younger toddlers (17 -26 months) with the older toddlers (26 -38 months) with respect to the following features: comprehension vs production abilities, vocalizations, gestures, and other means of communicating needs, wants, and ideas. Record the words and phrases of any children that are already talking. Note any gender and/or culture differences that are evident, Are there any striking individual differences? What strategies do the teachers use to facilitate language development? How does the environment (e.g., room arrangement, materials) support language development? B) How advanced is the physical development of preschoolers and kindergartners? Preparatory Reading: Cole and Cole p.220 - 223; 472 - 473 Observe the physical development and motor skills of preschoolers and kindergartners on the playground at the Children's School. Compare and contrast the preschoolers and kindergartners with respect to the following features: stature, body proportions, activity levels, large motor skills (e.g., running, jumping, climbing, throwing, balancing, etc) , fine motor skills (e.g., fastening clothes, playing in the sand, picking up small objects, etc.), endurance, coordination, etc. Note any gender and/or culture differences. What strategies do the teachers use to facilitate physical development? How does the...
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