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EDU 113 - Field Experience in Early Childhood Education - Textbook

Conducting an Observation

  • Students will be able to conduct a Child Study Observation (with journal).  


  • Conduct a 30-hour observation according to the directions.
  • Keep a journal each time you observe about what you notice. These notes will become a large part of your ten-page report.
  • Design an activity to work with a student in need of individualized attention. You must have your supervisor's approval to work with the student and approval of the activity.
  • Write your paper. You must include a typed version of your journal in the paper. For example, you could say:                                                           Monday, March 12, from 12:30-2:30 I observed Child A in the play area with two other children. She shared the toys and appeared to speak very politely with the other students. She did get frustrated when Child B decided to change what they were doing.You must turn in your journal with your paper.
  • You do still have to submit your original journal or notes. These must be as you wrote them. You can either leave your journal in the office with your name clearly written on it; or take pictures of the journal or scan it, and add them to the end of your paper.

Early Childhood: Preschool Classroom Observation

Objective: To observe a preschool classroom and examine some of its aspects such as schedules, routines, environmental design, activities, and transitions.


Early Childhood Assessment: Children’s Classroom Environments

Objective: To use measures for evaluating classroom environments to assess program quality and to identify potential child goals, thereby determining areas for improvement.


Early Childhood Assessment: Cognitive Skills

Objective: Observe and interact with a child in order to assess his or her cognitive skills.


Early Childhood Assessment: Play Skills

Objective: To observe and measure children’s play and analyze the nature of the play


Early Childhood Assessment: Social Skills

Objective: To use different observational systems and curriculum-referenced measures to assess social skills.