5-7 full pages
• Riverside City Campus Child Development Center—Preschool Observation
Students need to pick one child and observe (without interacting with the child) for minimum of one hour hopefully at the RCC Child Development Center. The student will take detailed notes based on what you see and hear the child doing and saying without adding your own personal comments on how you (the student) think the child feels, or if the child is normal or abnormal. After completing the observation, describe in detail what you observed without adding additional comments or summarizing. Next, you will identify and apply concepts (fine motor, cooperative play, emotional regulation etc.) to the observed child’s behavior and connect them to the appropriate developmental domain (biosocial, cognitive, or psychosocial domain). [Example of a sentence in an observation paper: De Andre sat at the manipulative table, picked up the red playdough and began to cut the play dough with scissors (fine-motor; biosocial domain)]. The concepts linked to the child’s behaviors should be concepts that are discussed in the textbook and lecture. Your paper must have a variety of concepts and all 3 developmental domains discussed to receive full points.
Grades will be based on the following criteria:
Format of paper is consistently double-spaced, 12pt Times New Roman font, with 1” margins and includes a title page (title, your name, your instructors name, course and day, & date due. You have a heading with your last name & page #’s).
Length of paper is at least 5-7 full pages in length excluding the title page. Reference page is not necessary.
Mechanics and Grammar include no errors in sentence structure, word usage, punctuation, grammar and spelling.
At least 15 different concepts discussed in textbook and lecture are accurately linked to child’s behavior. Concepts & domains are BOLDED.
The three domains (biosocial, cognitive, psychosocial) are combined with the concepts throughout the paper.
The paper is objectively written of the child’s behavior (not assuming the child’s thoughts and motives). Describe only what you see from the child’s interactions and behaviors.