well written running record lets someone else read H u m a n i t i e s

well written running record lets someone else read H u m a n i t i e s

The rationale for the observation assignment is that after studying textbook material, and varying forms of media, seeing and hearing children in real time observation cements knowledge of child development age characteristics. Observation #2 focuses on “EARLY CHILDHOOD,” or what is referred to as “the preschool years!”.

The ideal observation experience is an environment where preschool aged children (ages 2 – 6) can be observed. This reality was a major reason for the acquisition of the GCC Child Development Center. Students used this campus site, or other community resources for observations. It was typical for students to choose two year old’s, or three year old’s, or four year old’s for the assignment. Each age is unique due to maturation and developmental characteristics. Due to the current pandemic, change may be a necessity. In its place, well chosen videos enable observation data. Professor Baumann Riddle is available for suggestions on suitable videos.

When performing an observation, it is recommended that one half of the allotted time be used to observe several children of similar ageinteracting in the environment. This can be followed by a second time frame where one child is selected to be observed. Taking notes the entire time, will enable a RUNNING RECORD that has rich data from which to compose the required essay.

The required follow-up to the observation is a presentation written according to a particular format. It includes a Running Record,where all that was seen and heard was written in “note” form. The essay paper is focused on the Developmental Domains. It begins with an Introduction, and continues with a paragraph on EACH Domain: Physical Development and Health in Early Childhood, Cognitive and Language Development in Early Childhood, and Social and Emotional Development in Early Childhood. The essay ends with a Conclusion. You will have a minimum of three papers: 1. Cover Sheet; 2. Running Record; 3. Essay paper.


The Running Record keeps track of everything that happens in a specified time period” (Essa, 2007). “Its purpose lies in the fact that a well written Running Record lets someone else read the description later and visualize the scene or events as it is recorded” (Carter, 2009).

When students of child development are given the opportunity to observe children in person, they become able to contrast data learned through readings and media presentations with the actual experience of seeing behaviors and hearing interactions. It is the very best way to develop an understanding of the developmental stages of children.
When performing an observation, it is recommended that 1/2 of the allotted time be used to observe several children of similar age interacting in the environment. This can be followed by a second time frame where “1” child is selected to be observed.

When taking notes for a running record, an observer’s attention is focused only on several children of similar age; or on one child. It might be necessary to reposition oneself in order to see and hear everything. Record in sequence all activity observed, as well as quotations of speech heard. It is recommended that students recall the importance of gathering data on each of the developmental domains: Physical Development, Cognitive Development, and Social and Emotional Development. To complete each observation requirement, an essay follows the Running Record, and is composed of a paragraph on each developmental domain. It is requested that only objective statements be used. In future child development courses, students may be required to interpret behaviors, and this might lend itself to subjective statements. An objective statement contains only what was seen and heard.


INTRODUCTION: This paragraph describes the observation site. It must include the date, address, and time of visit. Descriptive data on the children in attendance, as well as the inside and outside of the site must be included.

DESCRIPTIVE NARRATIVE DETAIL: An important part of the Observation follow-up is the Running Record (see previous screen). To prepare for writing this, review the Observation assignment. It is positive to include time segments, and then the actions seen and the vocalizations heard. The rationale behind this assignment is for students to become familiar with age related characteristics of children at different stages of their development! In the Running Record, be careful to write ONLY what you see and hear. There are to be no interpretations of behaviors/actions!

DEVELOPMENTAL DOMAINS: Create 3 paragraphs in this portion of your paper. There is one paragraph for Physical Development; another paragraph for Cognitive Development; and the third paragraph for Social and Emotional Development. Within each paragraph, the characteristics that you observed and described in the Running Record are contained in the appropriate domain.

CONCLUSION: This paragraph is an evaluation of the Observation. It must include the ways in which the experience contributed to a better understanding of children in a stage of growth and development. An evaluation of your personal experience is an important addition to the value of this paper.

I have attached a file of an example of another observation assignment. Also whatever the professor added in the modules that might help. And the videos for the assignment.