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Child Development - Child Study

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I have been asked to produce a piece of coursework for Child Development. The coursework is to do a Child Study on a child of my choice looking at different areas of Child Development. The study will last approximately 11 months. There will be deadlines for completing the various stages of the study and I will have to make a plan to keep within the time scale. At the end of the study there will be an evaluation and conclusion and then the coursework will handed in for marking. The aim of this coursework is to study a child in their early stages of development. I will hope to understand the physical, intellectual, social and emotional development of my study child. I will be observing one child for this study. For physical development I will be observing the child during play and other learning activities and see how he develops throughout the study. I'll be measuring his growth by doing checks on the child's height and weight during the study. Also I will be observing the child's diet as this is important in the child's growth. One of the ways I'll measure the child's growth is to have a height and measuring chart on the wall and four times throughout the study I will take the height and weight measurements and mark them on the chart. The child will also be able to follow their progress which will give him an interest in the process. Intellectual development is about the child having the ability to be able to think and understand during play and learning activities. Some examples are the child being able to remember facts, do puzzles, name objects and be curious during activities. I will set an activity to do and I will ask the parents to keep on doing the activity with the child and on my next visit I will see how he has progressed. ...read more.


Jack could build the blocks but they kept on falling down. He kept on trying until they stayed up. He enjoyed playing with the blocks and we had fun. After that I got some paper and a pencil and Jack drew a picture for me of his mum and dad. I then drew dots of a car on paper and then Jack followed the dots. He was very good at this and enjoyed himself. Interpretation On this visit I was looking at Jacks fine manipulative skills. Fine manipulative skills are when you look at how a child uses their fingers. I played with Jack using building blocks. He was able to build a tower of 12 blocks. He also drew me a picture of his mum, dad and brothers and traced round dots to make a picture of a car. Jack uses a tripod grasp when he draws this means he uses his thumb and 2 fingers to hold the pencil. My opinion why Jack is above the norms is because of the help of at nursery school and his parents and brothers. The nursery has helped Jack with his fine manipulative skills by teaching him how to hold a pencil in the correct manner. In my opinion I think that Jack will not have too much trouble learning how to write because he is already getting lots of practice holding the pencil and he loves drawing. He could also improve by doing other things like jigsaw puzzles. Type of development - Social Development Topics - Interacting with others Aims - To look how Jack interacts with others Location - Ants in your Pants (a children's play area) Equipment - N/A Safety Issues - To make sure we follow the safety rules within the play area Research/Norms I will be looking at Jacks social development to see how he interacts with others. The norms that I will be looking at are: * How he interacts with his elders including how he reacts when getting told off. ...read more.


Methods The main method for gathering information of the study child was through observing and keeping a diary of the practical activities and the play we had together. I was able to collect most of the information about the child's development this way. I was then able to match it with the information I had researched on child development and produce the interpretation of the visit and compare the child's development with the norms. Analysing and Interpreting Results As I had planned the visits well it made the gathering of information easier. My study child was 4/5 years old during the study and was cooperative and willing to play which helped. I was therefore able to get a good variety of information. I think I presented the results in a good manner and was able to compare to the norms. I believe I have written a well presented study. Conclusion I have learnt an awful lot from doing this child development study. With it being largely practical through the visits it made me have to research the subject a lot more rather than just reading a text book about it. I think I planned the study well which made doing the rest of it easier. I could have done more research work earlier on in the study into all areas of the different developments. I found myself noticing something during a visit and then having to research about it after. It may have helped me to have been able to gather more information during the visits. If I were to start this study again I would look to increase my range of a study child. I was observing a 4/5 year old boy with a good social upbringing. Because of this I was limited into looking at a small part of a child's development. I think I would try to look at a few children ranging from new born to 4/5 year old. Also male and female. This would give me a bigger area of understanding the different stages of child development. ...read more.

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This is an excellent piece of work. It has numerous strengths such as a high level of knowledge and understanding of the requirements of the task, and a high level of knowledge of the child being studied. To gain higher marks more research should be included, and referencing should be evident either within the text itself or through a bibliography at the end. ****

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