Sunday, June 20, 2010

Child Observation - Target Child



The final observation I undertook was a target child observation. This is also known as ‘pre-coded observations’ (Tassoni et al 2002). I chose this method as it is useful in observing when looking at a specific activity being undertaken by the child and several children can be observed at once. In this target child observation, A.L has been given blocks by her supervisor.

Target child
Child’s name: A.L                                     Gender: female
Age:  4yrs 3months                                   Date: 06/04/2010

Time
Activity
Language
Task
Social group
1 minute
T.C placing blocks on top of each other to build ‘a castle’
T.C is singing. A.-T.C ‘what are you making’. T.C-A ‘building a castle’
Blocks
Sol
2 minute
T.C puts Barbie in the middle of the blocks.
T.C-C ‘look Barbie in princess of castle’
Blocks
A + 1C
3 minute
T.C + C stack blocks higher
T.C-A ‘look how big it is’
Blocks
A + 1C
4 minute
T.C rebuilds part of blocks that fell down
-
Blocks
A
5 minute
T.C puts Ken (doll) outside the castle
T.C-A ‘Ken is coming to get Barbie – he is prince’.
Blocks
And dolls
A












 I wanted to observe what A.L did during the final thirty minutes before the centre closed. Dissimilarly to other observations this was undertaken at 5.30pm.  A.L was given blocks by her supervisor and decided to make ‘a castle’ with the blocks. She uses Barbie as a princess as she is aware that the princess lives in a castle. Similarly to the time sample observation where A.L associated doctors to injections, here she associates princesses to the castle. She puts Barbie in the castle, suggesting that she knows the princess lives in the castle. She also tells the supervisor that Ken is the prince and has come to get Barbie.  I wanted to gain more knowledge about why the prince had to come to get the princess but the supervisor did not question A.L about this.




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