Observing Development of the Young Child (5th Edition)

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One of the few books that successfully combines observation techniques with child development, this user-friendly book takes an applied approach that allows students to observe, record, and interpret child development by looking at particular behavior. Using the observation data to determine the level of a child's development, plans and activities are illustrated to show readers how to help children strengthen specific areas of development. Chapter coverage discusses developmental assessment instruments—along with alternate approaches to child assessment using shadow studies, play-based assessment and child interviews, as well as digital camera photos. It also includes information on the emergence of emotions in young children, new brain research showing the importance of physical development, sharing observational data with parents, and a child skills checklist that can be used by teachers to determine children's levels of development. For early childhood teachers.

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An excellent introduction to development in two-to six-year-olds...one whose unique Child Skills Checklist for observing and recording behaviors in the classroom really helps future early childhood teachers learn about children, in addition to learning how to observe and assess their behavior. This text begins with a discussion of the latest NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) guidelines for appropriate assessment of young children, and of observation as the preferred method for such assessment. This text is especially helpful in the treatment of written language and a natural part of emerging literacy rather than a learned activity, and also has excellent coverage of the imagination creativity link. Available as a companion text, is the author's Skills for Preschool Teachers, 4/Ed.

About the Author:

Janice J. Beaty, professor emerita, Elmira College, Elmira, New York, is a fulltime writer of early childhood college textbooks and a consultant in early childhood education from her new location in Taos, New Mexico. Her textbooks include Skills for Preschool Teachers, 6th edition; Building Bridges with Multicultural Picture Books; Prosocial Guidance for the Preschool Child; and, with Linda Pratt, Transcultural Children's Literature.

Dr. Beaty's most recent studies are focused on the emergent literacy of the preschool child.

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