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HDF 303, Week 2 Notes

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HDF 303, Week 2 Notes HDF 303

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These notes are about objective vs. subjective observations of children
Early Childhood Development
Kimberley Davidson
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Jordan Wentworth on Tuesday September 6, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to HDF 303 at Central Michigan University taught by Kimberley Davidson in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 2 views. For similar materials see Early Childhood Development in Education and Human Services at Central Michigan University.

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Date Created: 09/06/16
Objective vs. Subjective Observations Example of an Objective Description  There was a crowd of about 50 people in front of the museum Example of a Subjective Description  There was an impatient crowd of about 50 people waiting in front of the museum Objective observations as specifically stating what is happening without trying to interpret anything Subjective observations are stating what is happening while trying to interpret why a child may be doing something  Try to find other ways to describe facial expressions o Example  If a child may look confused or frustrated, describe their facial expression. Instead say the child is frowning or has scrunched eyebrows, don’t say “why” they may be making these facial expressions  Try to avoid jumping to conclusions because you are only observing a child for a specific amount of time during their day and our own experiences may interpret what we are seeing during an observation if we try to be subjective  Avoid making interpretations Examples of ways to document your observations  Write notes during the observation  You can use audio recordings of conversations with children  It takes practice to watch and take notes at the same time, so figure out what system works best for you o Short notes are best so you can watch more and remember what you saw instead of relying too much on the notes you take  You can also use work samples, such as art work or pictures of the children participating in activities  You can put everything together into a traditional portfolio.  This is good to show the parents so they can see what their child does every day Reflect and use your observations  Observations can help prepare you for your future career goals o They can teach you how to identify a child’s strengths and activities, how to transition from activity to activity, etc.  Ongoing observations can show you how a child is progressing, and they can be used to show parents how their child is doing at parent/teacher conferences  Taking an interest in a child’s work can help show them that they are important  Keeping record of observations can also help identify patterns you see between the development of children


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