CCOG for ECE 121 Summer 2024

Course Number:
ECE 121
Course Title:
Observation and Guidance I
Credit Hours:
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Course Description

Focuses on age-appropriate guidance and observations techniques for individual children six weeks to six years of age. Topics include the ongoing dynamics of relationships, how values and belief systems impact guidance decisions, and the linkages between observation and guidance plans for individual children. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

Students must have access to infants, toddlers, or young children (six weeks to 6 years) in order to complete observation assignments. 

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  1. Identify guidance and conflict resolution strategies for individual and groups of children based on proven theory and practices.
  2. Identify environmental, developmental, and cultural factors that can impact children’s behaviors.
  3. Use objectively written observations to assess individual development of young children.

Outcome Assessment Strategies


Students Will:

  • Participate in weekly large and small group discussions.
  • Complete required observation and guidance assignments and personal reflection statements.
  • Complete service learning hours or book/article reports.
  • Complete a case study of a child (age 0 – 6) using observation techniques covered in class.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Students will acquire skills and abilities through practice relating to:

  • Observer objectivity.
  • Running Records.
  • Anecdotals.
  • Relationships between development and guidance
  • A Pro-Social Environment
  • Positive Communication
  • Positive Action
  • Praise vs. encouragement
  • Effective guidance.