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EDUC111 - Observation Techniques

Course Details

Course Code: EDUC111 Course ID: 3577 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course examines formal and informal methods of gathering and analyzing data on children. The emphasis is on understanding developmental patterns and implications for diagnostic assessment and intervention.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
05/21/21 - 10/29/21 11/01/21 - 12/26/21 Fall 2021 Session I 8 Week session
06/28/21 - 12/03/21 12/06/21 - 01/30/22 Fall 2021 Session D 8 Week session
07/27/21 - 12/31/21 01/03/22 - 02/27/22 Winter 2022 Session B 8 Week session
08/31/21 - 02/04/22 02/07/22 - 04/03/22 Winter 2022 Session I 8 Week session
09/28/21 - 03/04/22 03/07/22 - 05/01/22 Winter 2022 Session D 8 Week session
10/26/21 - 04/01/22 04/04/22 - 05/29/22 Spring 2022 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

During this course, students will:

1. Understand developmental patterns as a frame for gathering data (ACEI Curriculum 4-6, Caregiver 1, Accountability 1); (LA1, LA2, LA3, LA6, Final Project, Journal)

2. Analyze data on children (ACEI Curriculum 4-6, Caregiver 1, Special Needs 1); (LA1, LA3, LA6, Journal)

3. Evaluate children in order to effectively intervene when necessary (ACEI Caregiver 1, Communication 1, Special Needs 3); (LA1, LA2, LA3, LA6, Journal)

4. Apply action research to their work with children (ACEI Environment 2, Curriculum 1-6, Caregiver 1); (LA5, LA6, Journal)

5. Understand their own paradigm about good teaching of children (ACEI Environment 2); (LA4, Journal)

6. Analyze methods used for gathering data (ACEI Curriculum 5, Caregiver 1, Communication 7); (LA1, LA2, LA3, LA6, Journal)

7. Understand ethical considerations in conducting and reporting educational research

Required Texts/Course Materials*

eBook Title: Becoming a Teacher through Action Research: Process, Context, and Self-study, 3rd Edition.

Author(s): Donna Kalmbach Phillips and Kevin Carr

Publisher: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, New York, NY

Action Research in Education/Sustainability (Week 4, how the action research process can lead to change)

Gedžūne, I., & Gedžūne, G. (2011). Exploring and promoting ecological consciousness in

teacher education: The Possibilities of educational action research in education for sustainable development. Journal of Teacher Education for Sustainability, 13(1). doi:10.2478/v10099-011-0004-2

Gross Motor (Week 5)

Piek, J. P., Dawson, L., Smith, L. M., & Gasson, N. (2008). The role of early fine and gross motor

development on later motor and cognitive ability. Human Movement Science, 27(5), 668-681. doi:10.1016/j.humov.2007.11.002

Fine Motor/School Readiness (Week 5, Kindergarten Readiness)

Grissmer, D., Grimm, K. J., Aiyer, S. M., Murrah, W. M., & Steele, J. S. (2010). Fine motor skills

and early comprehension of the world: Two new school readiness indicators. Developmental Psychology, 46(5), 1008-1017. doi:10.1037/a0020104

Observing other teachers/PLCs (Week 5)

Wells, C. M., & Feun, L. (2012). Educational change and professional learning communities: A study of two districts. Journal of Educational Change J Educ Change, 14(2), 233-257. doi:10.1007/s10833-012-9202-5

Anecdotal Records (Week 6)¶mdict=en-US

Bates, C. (2013). How do we know: Anecdotal records go digital. The Reading Teacher, 67(1),

25-29. doi:10.1002/trtr.1178

Standards Based, focused Anecdotal Records (Week 6)

Boyd-Batstone, P. (2004). Focused anecdotal records assessment: A tool for standards-based,

authentic assessment. The Reading Teacher, 58(3), 230-239. doi:10.1598/rt.58.3.1

Suggested Reading/Course Materials*

Course Material Name: Stages of Growth Child Development

Author(s): Rachelle Feiler Dana Tomonari


Course Material Name: Your Child Development & Behavior Resources: A Guide to Information & Support for Parents.

Author(s): Kyla Boyse & Layla Mahammed, M.D.


*additional links may be added by the instructor of record for this course.

Book Title:Becoming a Teacher through Action Research: Process, Context, and Self-Study - eBook available through the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Taylor & Francis Group Lib
Author:Phillips, Donna Kalmbach / Carr, Kevin M.
Unit Cost:$49.90
Book Title:To find the library e-book(s) req'd for your course, please visit to locate the eReserve by course #.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.