Early Child Development "Field Experience" Early Child Development "Field Experience"

Assignment 2: Field Experience – Child Study

20 points, Due Week 6 (Accomplished Practices: a.4 Assessment, a.3 Instructional

delivery and facilitation; NAEYC #1a Child Development, #2a Families, #3a

Observation and assessment) Course objectives: #1, 3, 6, 11, 12

This assignment requires a placement in an early childhood classroom. See Appendix C for

information and forms.

The purpose of this assignment is to conduct systematic observations of a child over a

period of three weeks, for a total of at least one hour each week. Each observation should be

a minimum of 30 minutes. Begin early so as to complete this assignment. Consult with your

instructor if you need to clarify any aspects of the assignment or have any doubts during the

observation process.

You need to:

 Select a young child (ages 36-48 months), in consultation with the classroom

teacher. The child should be one for whom the teacher has one or more concerns (e.g.,

development, school readiness, behavior, academic performance, etc.).

 Observe the child for a minimum of one hour weekly during the course of three


 Collect data about the child using anecdotal records and observation forms,

pictures (if you have parental consent), and samples or pictures of the child’s

works. [You will include these artifacts in an appendix of your report.]

Review your observations and report them in writing. Include the following in your


 Report Part 1:

  1. Brief introduction stating the purpose of the child case study and why you

selected the child.

  1. Brief demographical information about the child (e.g., age, gender, home

language, any identified disabilities)

  1. Brief notes about the child’s family background (e.g., how many siblings, their

genders and ages, family composition, culture, etc.)

  1. Explain how you safeguarded your findings and information about all of the

children in the classroom (e.g., used only initials, not names).

  1. Description of the setting where the observations took place

 Include a drawing of the floor plan.

  1. Write a brief description of the observation method(s) that you used.
  2. Write a summary for each of the observations conducted. Include a copy of your weekly observation notes/forms as an appendix to your report.

 Report Part 2:

  1. Review the information about the Response to intervention (RtI) process found

at http://www.rti4success.org/ Summarize the key elements of the process and

identify the elements that were employed in this case study.

  1. Make recommendations for intervention based on your findings.
  2. Describe how you would share findings from your observations and

recommendations with the child’s parents.

  1. Include the anticipated dialogue.
  2. Design an invitation and include it in the assignment appendix.


Assignment #2 Case Study Grading Rubric

Submit a report with the following


Grading Criteria

 Brief introduction stating the purpose of

the child case study and why you

selected the child.

1 point Introduction explains purpose and reason

for selection of this child.

0 points if missing

 Brief demographic information about

the child

1 point Demographic information includes age,

gender, home language, and whether the child

has any identified disabilities.

0 points if missing

 Brief notes about the child’s family 1 point Description includes family’s

composition and culture(s), age and gender of


0 points if missing

 Description about the setting where the

observations took place + floor plan

1 point There is a narrative description of the

classroom (and other locations, if applicable)

and a floor plan

0 points if missing

 Comments on how information about

children were safeguarded

1 point Description indicates that appropriate

measures were taken to safeguard information.

Description of observation method used.

 Detailed summary of what was observed

each day (Include actual data sheets and

artifacts in an appendix.)

6 points There is a concise description of the

observation method used. Each day’s summary

includes time & date; description of setting,

activity/ies, verbal and social interactions, and

behavior, including the target behavior.

Appendix includes observation data forms and

artifacts for each day.

5 points Same as above, but with some writing


4 points Adequate descriptions of method(s) and

what was observed, all data forms are included,

but few artifacts. Some writing errors.

3 points Description of observation and/or what

was observed are vague or missing elements.

Data forms or artifacts are missing.

1-2 points Missing description of observation

method(s) used. Very generic descriptions of

what was observed and/or missing one or two

reports of the three days and or data forms and

artifacts are not included.

0 points if missing

 Summary of RtI and its application to

the case study

2 points Concise summary of RtI, with citations

for sources, and a logical explanation for how

this case study could be used within the context

of RtI.

1 point Only summary or application is


0 points if missing or RtI informationRecommendations for intervention

based on observation data

3 points There are at least three

recommendations and they are based on what

was observed.

2 points There are two recommendations and

they are based on what was observed.

1 point There is only one recommendation,

which is based on observation data.

0 points if missing

 Suggestions on ways to share findings

from observations and intervention

recommendations with parents

3 points There is a sample invitation and a

thorough description of how the parent-teacher

conference would be conducted, including

anticipated dialogue.

2 points There is an adequate description of the

proposed parent-teacher conference and a

sample invitation.

1 point The description of the parent-teacher

conference is vague/generic and there is no

sample invitation.

0 points if missing

 Report follows APA format 1 point Headings, subheadings, tables, in-text


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