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Child Observation

Child Observation
A Guide for Students of Early Childhood

Third Edition

September 2016 | 288 pages | Learning Matters

This is a key text for all those studying for degrees and foundation degrees in early childhood, early years and related disciplines and for Early Years Teacher candidates. It enables students to appreciate and understand the central role of observation for understanding, planning for and educating early years children. 

This new Third Edition has been updated in line with recent policy and legislation changes and includes:

  • a new first chapter to help students to understand the context of early childhood in England and elsewhere
  • an exploration of the essential elements of child observation that are important across the world
  • new international case studies
  • a research chapter that has been re-written to improve its accessibility to students
  • more case studies throughout to link theory to practice.
Introduction: Policy context and observation
CHAPTER ONE The pedagogy of early childhood education
CHAPTER TWO The role of observation in early childhood education
CHAPTER THREE Observation Techniques
CHAPTER FOUR Analysing and documenting observations
CHAPTER FIVE Ethical implications
CHAPTER SIX Observing for development
CHAPTER SEVEN Observing for research
CHAPTER EIGHT Observing for the curriculum

Useful updated version of a tried and tested book. Covers observations from a wide range of perspectives including ethical considerations, which is paramount for our Foundation Degree students. Useful for both year 1 and year 2 students for research modules.

Mrs Kate Hulm
Bristol Centre for Care, City of Bristol College
September 8, 2016

The observation techniques that are described in this book will be very useful for students new to such practice. While the playwork students, for whom this book is recommended, are more likely to observe school age children outside of an educational setting, it will nevertheless be of interest to them and support their growing understanding of the different approaches taken to working with children.

Lesley Godfrey
Faculty of Health & Social Sciences, Leeds Beckett University
September 1, 2016

Essential for units which feature specific child observation elements. I like this text - it is now updated and of great value to myself, colleagues and students.

Mrs Sarah Barton
School of Education, University of Portsmouth
August 31, 2016

A good resource for the level 3 learners completing the EYE, giving them an comprehensive explanation of the theory and methods of observations.

Mrs Liz Tomlin
Early years, Adult Education Centre
July 28, 2016
Key features
  • Updated in line with recent policy and legislation changes
  • A new chapter helps students understand the context of early childhood in England and elsewhere
  • Material that explores the essential elements of child observation that are important across the world
  • International case studies
  • Research chapter re-written to make it more accessible for all students
  • More new case studies throughout linking theory to practice

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