Case Studies – Early Childhood Student Assessment

| February 11, 2014

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PLEASE only take this assignment if you have access to “Assessing Young Children” by Gayle Mindes.
Choose and read three child studies/vignettes and link your thoughts and analysis to strategies you would employ as a classroom teacher. Please reference teaching strategies you would use and individual curriculum planning that may be implemented in the classroom.
You will pick three (3) case vignettes/child studies of three different ages from those listed below and found in the Mindes text. In other words, you may not choose three kindergarteners, but may choose one 4 year old, one kindergartener, and one 5 year old (your choice).
Read through all of the information provided in the child study. Then, analyze each child study from a curriculum and educational standpoint, answering the following questions:
What have you learned about each of these young children and their families?
What more do you need to know?
Are there alternative interpretations to the data or opinions?
What will you do if you meet the young children in a teaching situation?
What plans for intervention and teaching will you make?
Child Studies/Case Vignettes (reference to Mindes text)
1. Bradley Howshaw, 4 years 11 months, p. 194
2. Beatrice Jewel, an adopted Toddler, p. 196
3. Baby Ralph Brown, 12 months old, p 199
4. Ted Miller, 21 month old, p. 201
5. Jorge Sanchez, a kindergartener, p. 202
6. Mary Ellen Luby, kindergartener, p. 207
7. David McMillan, 4 years old, p. 214
8. Timothy Callaghan, 4 years old, p. 218
9. Marilyn Jones, 5 years old, p. 222
10. Charles Taylor, 5 years old, p. 225
11. Gerald Sutton, kindergartener, p. 228
12. Clarence Cooper, kindergartener, p. 235
13. Lillian Bolden, 4 years old, p. 244
14. Martin Knox, pre-kindergarten, p. 247
15. Juliana Jenkins, 4 years old, p. 251
16. Lucille O’Malley, kindergartener, p. 260
17. Rupert Armstrong, 3 years old, p. 369
18. Baby Charlene Spenser, 11 months old, p. 275
Be sure to identify the name and age of each child study you analyze at the beginning of your narrative for that child. Each child study analysis should be at least two pages, double spaced, typed with a 12 font for a minimum of 6 pages total.
After your analysis/answers to the questions, in a separate section, write a reflection on the entire process. In the reflection, answer the following questions: Was this assignment difficult to accomplish? Why? What did you learn through this process (what questions were answered for you or what new understanding did you gain)? What new questions did this process generate? How might you apply this new understanding/knowledge? The analysis should be at least one page.
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