Infancy & Toddlerhood Observation
These pre-work assignments are designed to help you manage your time and expectations prior to the completion of the larger observation and analysis assignments. In your pre-work assignment, you will outline your plan or selection for the observation activity. Specifically, please provide the following information in your submission:
Rationale for your selection (e.g. will it be easy or convenient for you in some way?)
Resources you will need (including other people, places, events, or opportunities)
Time you anticipate it will take
Schedule detailing when you plan to complete the observation activity
For this specific pre-work assignment on Infancy & Toddlerhood, you will be examining a private space and a public space for specific resources and safety features related to children and parenting. In this assignment, identify a private space and a public space that you will visit for this observation activity.
NOTE: You do NOT have to observe children/families directly. You are observing the features of the space as it relates to children and families and how they would move and be included (or not) in the space. For the full assignment, you will be thinking about questions like: Would they be safe? Is this child-friendly?
Examples of private space
other spaces not available to the general public
Examples of public space
campus buildings (not residence halls)
grocery and department stores
sporting event locations
other public-serving spaces in your community
Assignment Information & Reminders
As part of this course, you will be completing some assignments in the form of direct child observation, caregiver observation, and/or community activities/interviews. You will then use these observations along with course resources to complete 3 assignments for this course. These assignments are essential to understanding how the concepts we learn in this course apply to the real world.
These assignments are organized to help you address all 5 of our course objectives.
Classify the physical, emotional, cultural, social and cognitive characteristics of children within various general stages of development spanning conception through middle childhood.
Examine the complex relationship between biological and environmental factors (including culture) and their impacts on the development of children, the learning process, and developmental parenting dynamics.
Apply major theoretical models, historical perspectives, and social and legal components that organize our understanding of child development and parenting norms.
Generate observations, records and reports of information on similarities and differences in development patterns and behaviors of children.
Contribute meaningfully to discourse/debate about challenges and solutions currently facing families in our world.
If you are referencing course materials or other resources, be sure to cite that source (preferably in APA formatting). Citation helps to add credibility to your statements and will help you to analyze and reflect upon your observations.