CDEC 1323
Observation and Assessment

Western Texas College

  1. Basic Course Information
    1. Course Description: A student of observation skills, assessment techniques, and documentation of children’s development
    2. Required Prerequisite: None
  2. Student Learning Outcomes
    1. Describe the components of assessment
    2. Compare assessment tools
    3. Demonstrate “authentic assessment”
    4. Develop individual plans based on “authentic assessment”
  3. Testing Requirements
    1. The midterm and final exam must be proctored by an approved testing organization. (ask your instructor for more details)
    2. Students will be allowed to use their book and notes for the midterm exam
    3. Students will NOT be allowed to use their book and notes for the final exam
  4. Major Course Requirements
    1. Assignments         45%
    2. Attendance           20%
    3. Midterm                 15%
    4. Final                       20%
  5. Information on Books
    1. Required Book: Week by Week Plans for Documenting Children’s Development 6th Edition, Cengage Learning
  6. Other Policies, Procedures and important dates. Please refer to the WTC Catalog for the following:
    1. Campus Calendar
    2. Final Exam Schedule
    3. How to drop a class
    4. Withdrawal Information
    5. Student Conduct/Academic Integrity
    6. Class Attendance
    7. Student with disabilities
  7. Course Content
Chapter 1

Using the Class Log to Look at Separation and School Adjustment

Class Log List
Reflective Journal
Separation and School Adjustment
Observing Separation and Adjustment of Infants and Toddlers
Helping all Children Separation and School Adjustment
Helping Professionals for Separation and School Adjustment Concerns

Chapter 2

Using Anecdotal Recordings to Look at Self-Care

Anecdotal Recordings
Self-Care Skills
Observing and Recording Infants and Toddlers in Routines
Helping all Children with Self-Care Skills
Helping Professionals for Self-Care Skills

Chapter 3

Using Checklist to Look at Physical Development

Physical Growth and Development
Observing the Growth Development of Infants and Toddlers
Helping all Children with Physical Development
Helping Professionals for Physical Development Concerns

Chapter 4

Using Running Records to Look at Social Development

Running Records
Social Development
Observing Infants and Toddlers in Social Play
Helping all Children with Social Development
Helping Professional for Social Development Concerns

Chapter 5

Using Frequency Counts to Look at Emotional Development

Frequency Counts
Emotional Development
Observing Emotional Development in Infants and Toddlers
Helping all Children Emotional Development
Helping Professionals for Emotional Concerns

Chapter 6

Using Conversations to Listen to Language and Speech

Listening as an Observation Method
Speech and Language
Observing the Developing Language of Infants and Toddlers
Helping all Children with Language Development
Helping Professionals for Speech and Language Concerns

Chapter 7

Using Time Samples to Look at Attention Span

Time Samples
Approaches to Learning
Piaget’s Stages of Cognitive Development
Observing Attention Span in Infants and Toddlers
Helping all Children with Attention Span
Helping Professionals for Attention Concerns

Chapter 8

Using Standardized Measurements to Look at Cognitive Development

Play and Cognitive Development
Assessing Other Development Area while Observing Math and Science Activities
Helping Professionals for Cognitive Concerns

Chapter 9

Using Rating Scales to Look at Literacy

Rating Scale
Learning to Read and Write
Helping all Children with Literacy
Helping Professional for Literacy Concerns

Chapter 10

Using Work Samples to Look at Creativity

Work Samples to Observe a Child’s Development
Children’s Creative Development
Observing Creativity in Infants and Toddlers
Helping all Children with Creativity
Helping Professionals for Creative Art

Chapter 11

Using Technology for Documentation of Dramatic Play

Technology for Documentation
Dramatic Play
Helping all Children with Dramatic Play
Helping Professionals for Play Concerns

Chapter 12

Using Documentation for Child Abuse Suspicions and Looking at Self-Concept

Documentation for Child Abuse Suspicions
Diversity and Child Abuse
Self-Concept and Self-Esteem
Helping all Children with Self-Esteem
Helping Professionals for Child Abuse and Self-Esteem Concerns

Chapter 13

Using Program Assessments to Look at Children in Groups

Assessing Early Childhood Programs
Adjustment of the Child to the Program
Observing how Infants and Toddlers Adjust to Group Settings
Helping Professionals for Program Evaluation and Support


Last Modified:January 19, 2016