NEO Emotional & Social Skills

1.Discussion (2 paragraphs)

Observation and assessment are critical areas in early childhood education. Our philosophy guides implementation. Use the questions to guide an original post.

  • What is your philosophy regarding the observation and assessment of young children?
  • Has anything you have learned so far caused you to consider altering your philosophy? Why or why not?
  • What observation and assessment strategies do you currently use to understand the children in your care? How do you evaluate their effectiveness? How effective are they?
  • What types of feedback do you offer children and their families?

2.Assignment (3-5 pages)

Analyzing Research on Assessment

In Part 1 of this assignment, you will develop a case study illustrating best practice application of an assessment/measurement instrument used for early childhood participants.

In preparation for evaluation of the instrument in Module 2, you will select and describe a child who will serve as a target participant and a single published instrument of assessment or measurement appropriate to young children, including the target participant. The instrument should be specifically intended for one developmental level and topic area (for example, toddler and cognitive development).

Then you will locate, summarize, and compare the major points of at least three professional journal articles published in the last five years related to the assessment/measurement instrument or facets of the instrument.

  • Create a 3- to 5-page paper (not including the title and references pages) in a Word document for your response.
  • Use APA format for the title page, references page, and in-text citations. Use the part titles as subheadings.
  • Develop an introduction and conclusion for the paper.

Part 1: Participant and Instrument Selection

Step 1. Select
Select a child who will serve as the target participant in the case study. Refer to the child by initial rather than name; for example, R instead of Robert or Child 1.

Step 2. Develop
Develop a profile of the participant. Include the child’s demographic, personal/home, and educational information.

Step 3. Choose
Choose a single published instrument of assessment/measurement appropriate to young children, including the target participant. The instrument should be for specific age group and developmental levels, such as toddler and cognitive development. Relate the target participant and your choice of the assessment/measurement instrument.

See the Module 1 Learning Object for resources and examples of published assessment/measurement instruments.

Part 2: Article Summary and Comparison

Step 4. Compare
Compare the major points of at least three professional journal articles published in the last five years related to the assessment/measurement instrument or facets of the assessment/measurement you will use with the target participant in your case study.


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