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Scholars Day: April 10, 2013

Naturalistic Observation: Assessment in Behaviors for Educational Change

Assessing the progression of a childís behavior is meaningful in the evaluation of the childís growth, and the effectiveness of the teacherís programs and strategies. A teacher can use data collected in an assessment to re-evaluate educational decisions that he or she has made in regards to a studentís behavior. This presentation will reveal research that displays benefits of using naturalistic observation, a form of assessment to collect data that is an accurate reflection of the child in his or her natural state. Research shows that studying behaviors in which the observer is not directly involving him or herself directly will increase the validity of the results. The presentation focuses on a naturalistic observation the researchers conducted at a daycare highlighting a boyís undesired behavior of stealing toys. This is a method his teachers can use for data collection in order to modify instruction, and to create a plan to change his behavior.

Presenter: Sandra Shibley (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Education and Human Development
Location: Fireside Lounge, Seymour Union
Time: 9:30 am (Session I)
Please note that presentation times are approximate. If you are interested in attending sessions with multiple presentations, please be in the room at the start of the session.

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