Observing and Recording Child Behavior

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Course Description:
This course is designed to increase objectivity and proficiency in observing, recording, and interpreting children’s behavior in addition to increasing awareness of normative patterns of behavior of children from birth through 5 years of age. Includes observation of infants, toddlers, and a case study of a child from this age group.


Course Details


Kelly Edwards


Required textbooks/ course materials:

No textbook or course materials are required to purchase for this course.



Assignment/course outline:

See your Instructor First Day Handout for individual instructor assignment schedule.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

This is not a General Education Course.

CCC Outcome 1: Identify of basic principles of child growth and development.

CCC Outcome 2: Create a developmentally appropriate learning environment that is safe, healthy, respectful and supportive of children and families.

CCC Outcome 3: Develop educational programs that promote the social and emotional development of children.

CCC Outcome 4: Develop educational programs that improve motor, language and cognitive development of children, including literacy development.

CCC Outcome 5: Demonstrate involvement and positive relationships with families and communities.

CCC Outcome 6: Apply principles of screening and assessment.

CCC Outcome 7: Exhibit professionalism in the field of early childhood education.

CCC Outcome 8: Identify and demonstrate effective program management techniques.


Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods

Describe and demonstrate observation techniques.

Evaluate the learning environment.

Record assessments of social, emotional, physical and cognitive development.

Evaluate student learning.


Tests, Case Studies, Fina Exam, Behavioral Observations


Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

The instructor will facilitate class discussions and/or interactions, provide reading materials on professional education and related articles, evaluate clinical experiences and associated papers/journals, and conduct formal evaluations of student lessons/portfolios.


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