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Child Observation
A Guide for Students of Early Childhood

Fourth Edition


September 2019 | 296 pages | Learning Matters
This is a key text that enables students to appreciate and understand the central role of observation in understanding, planning for and educating early years children. It explores the theoretical background to child observation and links it back to practice. Recent important research in the field of child observation is highlighted and ethical implications of research in early childhood are considered. This is essential for all those studying for degrees and foundation degrees in early childhood, early years and related disciplines and for Early Years Teacher candidates. 

  • Updated in line with recent policy and legislation changes
  • A new chapter on observation documentation in the multi-modal age
  • Includes new material and case studies that explores the essential elements of child observation across the world
  • Research chapter re-written to make it more accessible for all students
  • More case studies throughout linking theory to practice.
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    Chapter 1 – Observation in the policy context
     
    Chapter 2 – Observation and pedagogy
     
    Chapter 3 – Becoming and observer
     
    Chapter 4 – Unstructured (participant) observation
     
    Chapter 5 – Structured observations
     
    Chapter 6 – Semi-structured observations
     
    Chapter 7 - Analysing and documenting
     
    Chapter 8- Observation documentation in the multi-modal age
     
    Chapter 9- Ethical implications
     
    Chapter 10- Observing development and learning
     
    Chapter 11- Observing for curriculum
     
    Chapter 12- Observing for research

    This book is especially useful for students who are studying to the Early Childhood Studies in years 1 and 3. It is particularly positive to see that this edition contains recent research that shows a blend of multimodal methods of capturing young children's observations.

    Dr Gina Sherwood
    School of Education and Sociology (EDSOC), Portsmouth University
    July 15, 2019

    A wide ranging introduction to the rudiments of observation that clearly meets the needs of new teachers.

    Dr Paul Demetriou-Crane
    Education, Havering College of FE And HE
    July 10, 2019

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