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3.01 ECE1 Observing Young Children Terms

AssessmentObserving, recording, and documenting behavior, learning, and development.
ConfidentialityRespecting and keeping the privacy of individuals/groups.
Developmental normCharacteristic considered normal for people of a specific age.
EthicsDisplaying positive character traits; doing the right thing.
EvaluateTo make judgements.
Flow chartA graphic outline of relationships among major concepts for a topic or theme.
FrequencyTotal number or rate of occurrences.
Formal observationObservation under controlled conditions.
Informal observationObservation under minimally/less controlled conditions.
Naturalistic observationObserve and record behaviors as they occur naturally.
Participant observerObserver who interacts with children whil observing.
Objective ObservationRecording facts without personal opinion or bias.
Subjective ObservationRecording personal impressions and opinions; adjectives and feelings.
Anecdotal recordDetailed written description about a specific incident.
ChecklistForm on which checks are placed beside info/behaviors being observed.
Frequency countA count of the # of time a behavior happens during a time period.
Rating scaleEvaluation of listed items using either words or numbers as ratings.
Running recordDetailed, step-by-step record of what happens during a time period.

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