about using data for an observation. You may chose to write about cognitive, socio-emotional, or physical development
I. Title Slide
II. Observation Purpose – Identify something you would like to observe about a child aligned to cognitive, socio-emotional, and/or physical development. Explain how it relates specifically to one of those three. Define the developmental area, discuss developmental stages/benchmarks,
III. Observation Context/Setting – Explain the context and why you want to observe the target student (this student may be in a video, at home, etc.). This is where you include some information about the child – gender, age, etc. and include specifics about where the observation is taking place…a classroom, day care, playground, park, home, etc. as well as the activities going on during the observation. Include the video link if you observed a child online. If you observed a child in-person, include the city, state, etc.
IV. Type of Data – Explain how you could collect quantitative data and qualitative data and which you prefer and why. Explain what each type of data is, include examples related to your own observation, and analyze advantages and disadvantages of each of them. Will you be using an observation chart or anecdotal records? Which is quantitative and which is qualitative?
V. Data Plan – Include an actual chart or checklist to show your data collection/observation plan. Or, if using anecdotal records, explain how you will use them and for how long, etc. Include observation data that you actually collected while doing your observing. Whether you use a checklist or anecdotal records, your data should show alignment to the body of literature about your selected developmental area aspects (e.g., cognitive, socio-emotional, or physical).
VI. Analysis of Data and the Plan – Analyze your collected data. What did you learn about the child and his/her (cognitive, socio-emotional, or physical) development from your observation? Analyze and reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of your observation plan.
VII. Conclusion – Reflect about what you learned and write a conclusion. Reflect about what you learned about creating a solid observation plan, selecting an observation tool (qualitative or quantitative), etc. How did this process help you understand more about child development (cognitive, socio-emotional, or physical).
VII. References – include a reference page/slide with complete APA style references