This comprehensive text explores the practical and theoretical aspects of observing the behavior of young children. It explains the nature and importance of observation in early child care settings, developmental principles and concepts, the characteristics, advantages, and disadvantages of various recording techniques, and the importance of interpretation and evaluation. It also includes a discussion of cultural diversity and its importance in the observation process. In addition, the text includes various theoretical perspectives on development, as well as observation exercises to help students develop and refine their observational skills. This comprehensive text is designed to help students make meaningful observations to help them better understand the behavior of young children.
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Warren R. Bentzen is a professor at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.Review:
Part One puts observation in the perspective of the cyclical nature of observing/recording - interpreting - evaluating/recommending, which, in my opinion, remains a major strength of this book.
It [the text] is very complete and covers the materials in an orderly and organized fashion. I particularly like the review of the advantages and disadvantages of each method described, and the inclusion of a chart to reinforce those for the learner...Finally, I really liked the fact that Bentzen takes the time to fully cover children that are older - from ages six through eight. This final section is a real bonus!
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Book Description Delmar Cengage Learning, 1985. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0827323298