ECE 210 - Observation and Assessment in the Early Childhood Classroom

3 credits (PREREQUISITE: NONE)

This course is designed for students to develop an understanding of the process and importance of observation and assessment of classroom environments, young children, and of teacher performance. Students will learn how to take appropriate observation notes and explore a variety of methods for collecting and analyzing this data. Students will learn how to create individual portfolios for young children and explore how to use the information contained in these portfolios for individual and group curriculum planning. Students will visit programs and use observation tools presented in class to assess the quality of the assigned early childhood environment. Students will practice using information to develop appropriate action plans and next steps as part of the evaluation process. A minimum of four, 4-hour visits are required. (Sp)