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ERIC Number: EJ920248
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0164-8527
Designing Environments to Facilitate Observation and Documentation
Ernst, Johnna Darragh
Exchange: The Early Childhood Leaders' Magazine Since 1978, n196 p74-76 Nov-Dec 2010
The importance of daily child observation and documentation in early childhood programs has been well established. Observing and documenting children's ongoing learning and development provides rich information about how they view, process, and interact with their world. This information, in turn, guides curricular planning, implementation, and assessment. Observation and documentation are important components of designing developmentally appropriate experiences, as knowledge of the individual child--used in conjunction with general expectations for children's development and learning and knowledge of each child's family and culture--lays a foundation for practices that support the development and learning of each and every child. Knowledge, skills, and appropriate dispositions can go a long way toward developing effective observation and documentation strategies. Extensive abilities in each of these areas, however, won't put more hours in the day, or give everyone the ability to freeze time while he/she writes a reflective anecdote documenting what he/she just observed. Environmental design that supports observation and documentation, however, is a tool that can help maximize the time he/she has.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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