Understanding Children : An Interview and Observation Guide for Educators

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Copyright: 2007-07-02
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
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This hands-on guide for interviewing and observing children in educational settings isa supplement for child development coursestaken by elementary and middle school education majors. It includes a rationale for interviewing and observing children as a way to understand their behavior, learning, and development and makes connections to the work of major developmental theorists and educational researchers. It provides practical tips for incorporating observations and interviews of children into teachers' busy schedules and discusses the analysis of observational data and its uses for guiding educational practices (e.g., instruction, cooperative grouping, and parent conferences). The guide's organization follows the topical organization of most child development textbooks.

Table of Contents

List of Strategies
An Introduction to Understanding Children Why Is This Guide Important?
Sensitivity to Children
Interviewer/Observer Roles, Ethical Responsibilities, and Techniques Chapter Preview Roles of the Observer/Interviewer Ethical Responsibilities and Children's Rights Observation
Overview Observation Techniques Interview Overview Interview Techniques Interpreting and Understanding Observations and Interviews Resources
Physical Development
Chapter Preview Body Growth and Development Activity Level and Preferred Physical Activities Motor Skills Playground Activities Children's Health Issues
Chapter Summary
Reflection Questions Resources Tips for Teachers
Cognitive Development
Chapter Preview Thinking in Play Perspective-Taking Conservation and Classification Scientific and Mathematical Thinking Language and Literacy Planning and Monitoring Activity Settings for Teaching and Learning Conceptions of Intelligence
Chapter Summary Reflection Questions Resources Tips for Teachers
Socioemotional Development and Motivation in the Classroom
Chapter Preview Social Cognition Student-Teacher Relationships and Interactions Peer Relations, Play, and School Adjustment Classroom Environments and Student Motivation
Chapter Summary Reflection Questions Resources Tips for Teachers
Integrating Observations and Interviews: Child Profiles
Chapter Preview Integrating Observations and Interviews Child Profiles
Chapter Summary
Sample Parent Information Letter
Sample Parent Consent Form
Record Forms
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