Cognitive and Psychosocial Development

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Included in this module are infant observation videos. Choose one of the videos provided and complete the observation assignment.

You will be observing infants ages (6mo. to 24 months). For the observational report you will complete it in two parts.

Part 1- As you are observing the child in your selected video you will take observation notes about his/her development in all domains (Biosocial, Cognitive and Psychosocial Development). During your observation, you will complete a running record of everything you see and or hear the child doing.

Follow the guidelines below for an accurate and objective observation

Record only facts
Record every detail without omitting anything.
Use action words (verbs) whenever possible
Record only what you see or hear. Be careful to avoid recording something that did not occur.
The purpose of this observation is to help you learn more about normal developmental differences of children of various ages as you watch them interact with other children and adults.  You should focus extensively on one child in video.

Use words that describe but do not judge.
Record the facts in the order they occur.
Order makes a difference
*Follow the guidelines below for an accurate and objective observation:

Record only facts.
Record every detail without omitting anything.
Use action words (verbs) whenever possible.
Observe without interrupting.
Record only what you see or hear. Be careful to avoid recording something that did not occur.
Use words that describe but do not judge.
Record the facts in the order they occur.
Order makes a difference.
During your observation, you will complete the running record form listed below. The form is broken up into three columns.

The first column you will provide information about the setting that the child is in and who is interacting with the child (e.g., classroom setting, 2 adults in the room with the child). The middle column is where you will write everything you see and or hear the child doing. This section should include only factual information. The last column is where you will include which developmental domain is being observed in that moment of time (e.g., Biosocial, Cognitive or Psychosocial Development)

Part 1- Running Record




Part 2

After watching the observation video and writing your observation notes you will prepare a written report.  Your report should be at least two pages in length, double-spaced pages in length, and address the following:  Your written report should follow this format.

An introductory paragraph.  Include identification of the developmental period, age/sex of the target child, and date/location of the observation.  Describe people present and the setting briefly.

Describe examples in each area of development (physical, social-emotional, cognitive, and language, adaptive/self-help) that you observed.  Compare and connect your observations to the information presented in the chapters of the textbook and class discussions relevant to the developmental stage and age of the child observed. For each domain relate relevant information from the textbook that supports each of your statements.  Cite textbook readings. Some examples include:
1. Psychosocial development: attachment, synchrony, self-awareness, temperament, stranger wariness, separation anxiety, expression of emotions, parenting styles, social referencing.  Refer to the textbook that focuses on Psychosocial Development of the book and relate, integrate the theories and concepts from the book with your observations of the child.  Theories you should integrate include Erickson, Behaviorism, Cognitive Theory, Sociocultural, Ethnotheories.

2. Biosocial development: Body changes (size, sleep, reflexes, gross and fine motor movements/activity, coordination, brain development, senses, health, nutrition, reference or comparison to motor developmental milestones.  Refer to textbook reading that focuses on Biosocial Development.

3. Cognitive development: stage of sensorimotor intelligence, object permanence, affordances, assimilation/accommodation, movement and people, problem-solving, processing of information, interaction with environment (Piaget), use of materials, memory, curiosity and exploration. Refer to textbooks reading that focus on Cognitive Development.

4. Language development: listening & responding, development of spoken language, vocabulary, parts of speech, grammar; theories of language learning, other communication.  Refer to textbook reading that focuses on Psychosocial Development.

5. Describe any guidance strategies and other interactions that adults utilized to promote children’s physical, social-emotional, cognitive, and language development.

6. Describe how the physical environment was arranged and equipped to promote children’s physical, social-emotional, cognitive, and language development.

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