CHILD OBSERVATION PROJECT
Goal: You are to observe any child who is between 2.5 years old and 6.5 to learn from that child’s activities their physical, cognitive, social and moral development. Your ideal subject would be 3 or 4 years old. (Ask the parent for the child’s age in years plus months) You are to make field notes and use them to write a paper which carefully describes the child’s behavior in light of what you have learned about child development psychology.
Observations: You are to observe the child three separate times. Ideally, space your observations about a week apart. Do them at different times of the day, morning, afternoon and early evening. Past observers advise you to avoid 5 p.m. You can do the observations in any order but this is what you must do:
1. Observation A: You and the child are alone. You will have the child do EIGHT activities to assess the child’s development.
2. Observation B: You will observe the child with other children, playmates or siblings. (45-60 min.)
3. Observation C: You will observe the child with the mother or primary caretaker, without other people around. (45-60 min.)