ERIC Number: ED422101
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
I Spy Something! A Practical Guide to Classroom Observations of Young Children.
Leonard, Ann Marie
Claiming that observation is the first and most authentic tool for assessing young children's learning and development, this book advises educators of young children how to improve observation skills by recording children's growth and development. The book also serves as a tool to evaluate and improve early childhood programs. Specific benefits of observation for teachers, children and families include the following: (1) getting to know children as individuals with unique personalities; (2) basing educational decisions on the children in the program; (3) understanding what children know and are learning; (4) enriching personal lives and broadening understanding of the world; and (5) providing important raw material to help families see and understand their child's progress. The book is divided into six chapters: (1) "Looking and Seeing Are Different: What Is Observation of Young Children All About?"; (2) "Figuring Out the Puzzle: How Observation Pieces Fit Together"; (3) "How To's and Other Clues"; (4) "'Mary, Mary Quite Contrary. How Does Your Garden Grow?' Tools To Cultivate Observation Skills"; (5) "On the Importance of Being Organized"; and (6) "Observation Dividends: 'What's in It for Me?'" (Contains 15 references.) (SD)
Descriptors: Child Development, Classroom Observation Techniques, Classroom Techniques, Early Childhood Education, Educational Methods, Educational Strategies, Evaluation Methods, Observation, Program Evaluation, Skill Development, Teacher Improvement, Teaching Methods
Southern Early Childhood Association (SECA), P.O. Box 55930, Little Rock, AR 72215-5930; toll-free phone: 800-305-7322; e-mail: SECA@aristotle.net (SECA members, $10; others, $12).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Early Childhood Association, Little Rock, AR.