BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

AECE-136 - Observing in the Early Years - 3.00 Credits

AECE-136 - Observing in the Early Years - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
In the AECE 136 - Observing & Recording Behavior course students will become aware of how proficient observation skills reveal a range of behaviors in two to five year old children that is relevant to changes in their growth and development. By becoming competent in the method of observing and recording, students will become aware of how young children respond to adults, peers, and to an early childhood development environment. This course is designed to focus on six aspects of child development: emotional, social, physical, cognitive, language, and creative. Students will become knowledgeable and skilled in the areas of observing and recording children's behaviors. This course has been designed using both an Aboriginal and non-aboriginal perspective of early child development.
Part of the:
  • Available/Required in the following Programs:
  • Aboriginal Early Childhood Education Certificate - Year 1 Spring
  • Prerequisites : AECE 102,
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Relevant Master's Degree.
    Office Hours: 1.5
    Contact Hours: 45
    Student Evaluation
    Mid Term Exam 20%. Paper 30%. Project Presentation 20%. Final Exam 20%. Participation 10%. Detailed descriptions of each assignment will be provided,including guidelines and expectations outlined. It is important to follow these expectations carefully and clarify with the instructor should the need arise. Quizzes can be written at only one opportunity, which is at the beginning of each class where one is scheduled. Guiding principles throughout the program are determined by the group and NVIT policy. Consciousness raising, reciprocal learning and co-operation within and Aboriginal context are emphasized within the NVIT AECE certificate program. Grading procedures follow NVIT policy.
    Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to:
  • demonstrate accurate records summarizing the regular compilation of information on a child’s development;

  • understand systematic methods of recording, collecting evidence and data interpretation;

  • comprehend the necessity of observation and planning for children based on data collection;

  • demonstrate the concept of observation and social development; self-identity and temperament;

  • understand the Early Learning Framework as well as the Aboriginal Early Learning Framework;

  • demonstrate the eight stages of the Early Learning Framework;

  • identify the family and child's image in regards to observation and development;

  • articulate observation of art processes and creativity, social, cognitive and motor development; and,

  • apply theory to practice in early childhood development.
  • Text and Materials:
  • Beaty, Janice J. (1998). Observing Development of the Young Child, fourth edition. Prentice-Hall, Inc. Simon& Schuster. A Viacom Company. New Jersey 07458.

  • Pipe, Linda, Wright, Marion/ Ministry of Advanced Education, Training and Technology. (1999).
    Culturally Sensitive Learning Environments for First Nations Children, Curriculum Resource Manual.

  • Other Resources:
  • Ministry of Education Training and Technology. North Island College. (1999), Culturally Sensitive Learning Environments of First Nations Children.

  • American Psychological Association. (2001). PUBLICATION MANUAL: of the American Psychological Association. Fifth edition. American Psychological Association. Washington, D.C.

  • Transfer Credits: For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca
    Other Information: Student Responsibilities:
    All NVIT policies are applicable including; attendance, plagiarism, student conduct and grading apply to AECE 135. All assignments must relate to the PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCIES as noted within the course guide in order to obtain credit. The student is required to demonstrate proficiency in all of the competency areas. Reading the text and articles prior to class will assist in the familiarity of the topic and questions may be formed prior to class for clarification. Please see instructor to assist in learning/teaching techniques that may prove beneficial.

    Education Council approved October 2012.