Child Growth and Development – CHDV 100 Observation Assignment: Domains of Development

Child Growth and Development – CHDV 100
Observation Assignment: Domains of Development
SLO1: Identify the typical and atypical physical, cognitive, and social-emotional development of young children from conception through adolescence.
SLO 3: Apply developmental theory of the analysis of child observations, surveys, and/or interviews using investigative research methodologies.
SLO 5: Analyze the importance of the early years and the interaction between maturational process and social/environmental factors and the effects on various areas of development.
PLO 1: Demonstrates the ability to integrate knowledge of (the needs, the characteristics, and multiple influences on) development of children (birth to age eight) as related to high quality of care and education of young children.
For this assignment you will be observing a preschool aged child between the ages of 3 and 5. It is not required that you do your observation at one of these sites; however, if you choose to observe at a different site, please contact me so we can discuss the site you have chosen. Students may not observe their own children as it is often difficult to remain objective.
This observation will give you a better understanding of each of the three “Domains of Development”. These domains include the child’s physical, social-emotional and cognitive development. Remember, in studying the young child it is essential that we look at the “whole child”. In your course readings you will learn how a child’s progression in one domain is both influenced by and influences development in the other two domains.
The three domains of development are very much interrelated. I often challenge students to name something that happens in one domain of development that does not have at least a minimal effect in the other two domains. So far, no one has been able to meet this challenge!
Lastly, it is important to remember that a child’s development is sometimes uneven, or what we call “asynchronous”. It is not uncommon for children to develop skills and abilities within each domain at differing rates. Your textbook and other course readings frequently refer to “milestones of development”, or skills that children development during various developmental timeframes. Remember that although a child’s development progresses in a sequential manner, the speed at which this occurs varies from child to child.
The required format for this observation begins on page 2 of these guidelines. It is REQUIRED that you follow this format.
**If you are unable to answer a question(s), based on your observation notes, you must still address the question by defining the concept and providing an example (provide your own example. Do not use the same examples provided in the text).
Remember, this observation must be saved for your CHDV210 Professional Portfolio. Prior to be submitted to the portfolio, this observation may need to be revised to meet the VVC Child Development Professional Portfolio expectations.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Adopted information from Dee Dee.
Child Growth and Development – CHDV 100
Preschool Observation Assignment- Observation 3: Domains of Development
Student’s Name: ____________________________
Course # ___________________________________
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Instructor: ____________________________________
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Victor Valley College
Observation format: _________________________________________________
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Child’s First Name: _____________________ Child’s Age: ______Years _____Months
Observation Date(s) ______________ Observation Time: From______ to ________
Please complete each of the following. Remember (as stated in detail above), if you do not observe what is being asked, then you should still discuss the concept and provide an example of what is being asked.
DOMAIN: Physical Development
Appearance and growth: Describe the child’s body build, posture, heights, and weight. (2 points)
Gross & Fine Motor Skills
What types of play did you observe the child engaging in? Based on your observations of this play, determine which parts of their play involved Gross or Fine Motor Skills and list them accordingly in the space below. (4 points)
Gross Motor Skills Fine Motor Skills
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Does this child seem to prefer large or fine motor skill activities? Why do you say this? (2 points)
Describe the gestures and facial features used by the child to communicate. (2 points)
Describe at least 4 indications of good health that you can see by observing this child. (2 points)
Physical Development- Analysis/Concluding Thoughts: Write a brief summary of your overall impression of this child’s physical development. In this summary, use specific information from the text and course readings to explain what you observed.
Be sure to discuss the following:
Do you feel that, based upon your observation, this child’s physical development would be considered to be “typical” or “atypical”? Why do you say this?
Use a minimum of four specific pieces of information from the text to support your discussion.
Be very specific in your comparisons, using correct vocabulary terms, milestone descriptions, etc.
Remember, your statements must be supported by information from the course readings – this is not optional – it is required.
Be sure to provide citations in correct APA format when referring to the readings. (10 points)
Physical Domain possible points (22 points)
Domain: Cognitive and Language Development
1. How does the child show curiosity? Is the child showing interest in a new situation? Describe a time when a child was curious. (2 points)
2. When they are challenged some children will stay with an activity for a long time. Give an example of the length of this child’s attention span. (2 points)
3. Watch and describe how the child participates in problem solving. Did the child learn by trial and error or by another approach? Was the child supported by another child or an adult? (3 points)
4. Look for evidence of symbolic representation. Did the child use one object to represent another? (2 points)
Give an example of a child using classification (grouping things that are alike) or seriation (putting things from smallest to largest) in an activity or in play. (2 points)
6. Describe an example of the child showing centration in his/her thoughts or actions. (2 points)
7. Cite an example of egocentric thinking. (2 points)
8. How does the child describe object(s) she/he sees, or hears? Quote the child directly. (2 points)
9. Listen carefully to the child’s sentence length and vocabulary and look for examples of overregularization. (2 points)
10. Listen carefully to a child’s sentence length and vocabulary and list the parts of speech which you have heard him/her use. (nouns, verbs, adjectives) Give example/s (in quotations) of the child’s sentence. (3 points)
Cognitive/Language Development- Analysis/ Concluding Thoughts: Write a brief summary of your overall impression of this child’s cognitive/language development. In this summary, use specific information from the text and course readings to explain what you observed.
Be sure to discuss the following:
Do you feel that, based upon your observation, this child’s cognitive/language development would be considered to be “typical” or “atypical”? Why do you say this?
Use a minimum of four specific pieces of information from the text to support your discussion.
Be very specific in your comparisons, using correct vocabulary terms, milestone descriptions, etc.
Remember, your statements must be supported by information from the course readings – this is not optional – it is required.
Be sure to provide citations in correct APA format when referring to the readings. (10 points)
Cognitive/Language Domain possible points (32 points)
Domain: Social and Emotional Development
1. Did the child express intense feelings with words? Describe an incident. What other means did the child use to express his feelings? (2 points)
2. Which of the following types of play did the child spend time in? Provide an example(s).
* Unoccupied, * onlooker, * solitary, * parallel, * associative, * cooperative. (Parten’s Theory of Play) (2 points)
3. Describe 3 traits of temperament exhibited by the child. Cite behavior to support your descriptions. Does s/he seem to be a leader or a follower? (3 points)
4. What evidence do you see of the child acquiring initiative or guilt? Look for things such as creative play, unusual ideas, reaction to rules, conforming. (2 points)
5. What dramatic play activity does this child seem to enjoy? (2 points)
6. What evidence did you observe for the development of gender awareness? (2 points)
7. Does s/he accept responsibility for small jobs or does s/he attempt to avoid responsibility. Cite an example to support this inference. (2 points)
8. Describe a situation where the child shows empathy for another child. (2 points)
9. What evidence do you see of the child’s prosocial development? (2 points)
10. Provide an example of how this child avoided or resolved conflict with another child. (2 points)
Social-Emotional Development- Analysis/ Concluding Thoughts: Write a brief summary of your overall impression of this child’s social-emotional development. In this summary, use specific information from the text and course readings to explain what you observed.
Be sure to discuss the following:
Do you feel that, based upon your observation, this child’s social-emotional development would be considered to be “typical” or “atypical”? Why do you say this?
Use a minimum of four specific pieces of information from the text to support your discussion.
Be very specific in your comparisons, using correct vocabulary terms, milestone descriptions, etc.
Remember, your statements must be supported by information from the course readings – this is not optional – it is required.
Be sure to provide citations in correct APA format when referring to the readings. (10 points)
Social/Emotional Domain possible points (31 points)
Interrelationship of domains of development:
From your observations, pick one activity which you feel illustrates the interrelatedness of the three domains of development.
(1) Describe the activity.
(2) Discuss, very specifically, how the child’s skills in one domain influenced their actions/behaviors in the other two domains.
(3) Based on the child’s current skills, identify/discuss one potential long term outcome.
(4) Then explain the importance of the early years and the interaction between maturational process (nature/genetic) and social/environmental factors (nurture)
(5) and the effects on various areas of development (3 domains).
Note: If you are unsure what “interrelated” means, then be sure to look it up. It is important that you understand “interrelated”. (10 points)
Concluding Thoughts (15 Points)
Write a brief paragraph in which you discuss:
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Knowledge: Discuss/Identify/list knowledge (information) you’ve gained pertaining to this Preschool Observation on Domains of Development. Be specific and provide at least 4 pieces of information/concepts you have gained
The knowledge I have gained pertaining to this Preschool Observation on Domains of Development are now…. I know the fact about… :.. I have more understanding of …. I am aware of… I can better comprehend……. I realize …. Etc.
Skills: Discuss/identify/list the skill (ability, capability) you gained pertaining to this Preschool Observation on Domains of Development. Be specific and provide three skills:
I will be able to
I am capable of
I know how to do
Growth: After discussing/identifying/listing the knowledge and the skills you have gained. Now, provide an explanation as to how information and the skills learned will be used for future growth. Like:
Discuss how you will use the knowledge and skills you have developed;
And how you will improve or build upon your strengths and weaknesses.
Beliefs: How has completing the above assignment influenced your beliefs about Development?
Anything else you would like to share regarding the assignment.
Note: Quality of writing (10 points) … You will be graded on your use of correct grammar, spelling, neatness and APA format. Please see the Grading Rubric.