Learning Outcomes for Observing, Recording, and Assessing Children's Development

Lesson 1: Gathering Information

After completing Lesson 1, you will be able to

  • select methods of gathering information about what children know and can do;
  • explain how observations are planned in a child care setting;
  • describe different types of observation records;
  • identify ways to use observation records to facilitate children's learning and development;
  • describe your observations of a child’s behavior using an anecdotal record;
  • select the types of observation records that best support your goals.

Lesson 2: Domains of Development

After completing Lesson 2, you will be able to

  • identify physical, cognitive, language, and social–emotional development milestones in young children;
  • describe your observations of a child’s skills in the physical, cognitive, language, and social–emotional domains using checklists.

Lesson 3: Intelligences and Temperament Traits

After completing Lesson 3, you will be able to

  • recognize characteristics of different intelligences and corresponding learning styles;
  • describe your observations of a child’s dominant intelligences and learning styles;
  • recognize different temperament traits;
  • describe your observations of a child’s temperament traits using a rating scale;
  • explain how you can use accurate observations of children’s intelligences, learning styles, and temperament traits to support their needs and facilitate learning and development.

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