Method Portfolio of Child Observations | 5 The subject is a six-year boy studying at a private-owned nursery school in the heart of North London.
The subject is from Iraq and has two older brothers, aged 8 and 10.
In this study, the researcher employed three observation methods on a sixyear old male.
The observations used were timed, controlled and participant observation.
This timed observation functions like a journal that will capture not just the behaviour, but the circumstances surrounding the behaviour concerned like where the child was, what the child was doing, who the child was with, and other important details that contributes to a more thorough analysis of the observation logs.
The methods were chosen because given the situation, they were the most appropriate to the study at hand, especially in forming an initial assessment of the child and creating a baseline profile of the subject.As such, standard forms of assessments have not been normally used for this age level. 24) Things changed in the late 1980’s when the Education Reform Act was ratified.Under this act, assessment became mandatory for children finishing ending pre-school or early childhood grades before they formally enter elementary.But aside from these domains, other important details such as the child’s interests were discovered through observation, and thus were able to assist the researcher in developing teaching strategies that can help the subject overcome his delays.Introduction In the United Kingdom, children enter early childhood programs at a much younger age than children in other countries.The report must contain the following: Abstract: where you outline briefly what you did and why, what you found and the recommendations, Introduction: include information about the child observed, discuss the reasons for observing, assessing young children, ethical considerations, the use of norms, cultural bias etc.Methods: where you explain the methods used, reasons for choice, limitations, strengths and weaknesses.It can be used to perform initial exploration of an area which can then be further studied using more focused methods.It is also useful in the end stages of a study as a means of checking information collected in a different way (Sapsford & Jupp 2006, p.This posed a challenge to early childhood teachers because the rate and breadth of development at this developmental stage makes it difficult to design an appropriate standardized assessment instrument that would address all these variables.In so far as early childhood education is concerned, there are two things that must be taken into consideration: the how and what of assessment; how the assessment will be conducted and what should be actually assessed in the young learner? 175) In early childhood education programs, observation has been one of the most the preferred means of assessment.