ECE 101 - Week 1 - Journal

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JOURNAL1Journal Assignment Week OneObservation & Documentation TechniquesKaryn Lenhardt-BettsECE 101: Introduction to Early Childhood EducationInstructor: Thandiwe DinaniJuly 30, 2012JOURNAL2Journal Week OneIn my current work with children I believe that the observational approach anddocumentation methods that will be most useful to me are authentic observation and the runningrecord form of documentation.According to Estes and Krogh the author of Pathways to Teaching Young Children: AnIntroduction to Early Childhood Education; observation is the process of carefully attending tobehaviors and events by watching and listening (Estes, Krogh, 2012). I work as a registeredfamily daycare provider in my home as my current work with children. In this setting, especiallysince I am the only provider or person watching the children it is best to do observation with thechildren as a group. I do try and do a formal observation of each child in my care at least onceevery couple of months and more if I feel there is a need for it.For me I have found that the best form of observation to observe the children in theirnatural group setting is authentic or natural observation. Authentic observation is the process ofwatching, listening to, and recording behaviors of individuals or groups of individuals as thebehavior occurs in real or "natural" settings (Estes, Krogh, 2012). This form of observationallows me to observe the children in their every

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