ERIC Number: ED407070
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Learning To Look, Looking To Learn: A Trainer's Guide to Observing Young Children.
Colker, Laura J.
Noting that observation forms the basis of all developmentally appropriate programming, this videotape helps new and experienced early childhood educators learn about children so they can individualize their program; evaluate programs so adjustments can be made to the environment, the curriculum, or both; and measure children's progress and their acquisition of new skills. The tape, appropriate for both self-instruction or group training, describes objective observation techniques, how to apply them, and then presents several practice observations. It includes segments on: biased reporting; learning about each child; measuring children's progress; evaluating a program; and observation segments featuring a water table scene, story time, and family dining. The accompanying guide to the videotape is divided into four sections. Section 1 of the guide presents the videotape script in its entirety so that trainers can refer to the tape in order to find answers to questions, and use specific text as a springboard for content-related discussions. Section 2 provides suggested approaches for presenting the videotape, including questions and ideas to discuss. Section 3 outlines a series of workshops trainers might offer as a follow-up to the tape. Section 4 presents selected resources for users who want to learn more about the topic. (TJQ)
Descriptors: Caregiver Training, Child Behavior, Child Caregivers, Childhood Interests, Childhood Needs, Classroom Observation Techniques, Early Childhood Education, Informal Assessment, Naturalistic Observation, Objectivity, Preschool Teachers, Program Evaluation, Staff Development, Staff Orientation, Student Evaluation, Videotape Cassettes, Young Children
Teaching Strategies, Inc., P.O. Box 42243, Washington, DC 20015; phone: 800-637-3652 (30-minute videotape and Trainer's Guide, $55).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Non-Print Media
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
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