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You will select an age group to observe. To provide a good learning opportunity, choose a group you are less familiar with. Ideally, there should be at least 6 individuals from the chosen age in the group observed. If the group you have an opportunity to view has less than six, get approval first. Also, you must get approval from Natasha or Carolyn first if you choose to watch the videos instead of viewing a live group.


1) Refer to the Unit PowerPoint and textbook chapter associated with your chosen age group for information about the theorists and behaviors. (Wait to do your observation until after you have attended the class lecture regarding the age group.)

2) Read the rubric at the bottom of this page.

3) View the Growth & Development Sample Assignment.pdf Download Growth & Development Sample Assignment.pdfto see how to organize your observations.

This assignment cannot be done while you are at work; it must be done on your own time. It is imperative that you spend two hours with the group to receive clinical credit. You must have a timeline included in your paper. If it is not apparent that the appropriate time was spent on this assignment, you will be asked to do additional time to make up the difference.

Attendance Form

Since this assignment counts for 2 hours of clinical time, a signed attendance form must be completed or no credit will be given.

If you choose to view videos (below), submit a list of the video links in addition to the signed attendance form. (When you get approval to view the videos, Natasha or Carolyn will sign your attendance form). Include the video link you are reviewing in the column for the timeline.

If you submit the assignment without the attendance form or video links, 5% of the points allotted for this assignment will be deducted and you will not receive your grade until the information is submitted.

The attendance form is located in the 1031 Syllabus.

Select one of the following groups:

School Age Children: Grade School
Adolescents: Middle or High School
Geriatric Adults: Individuals over 65 years of age

Submit your write-up of this experience using the following format:

Part 1: Preparation (25 points)

What age group will you observe?
According to the theorists Erikson, Piaget, and Kohlberg, what are the developmental characteristics of this stage of life? The information in this table must be in your own words–do not copy and paste information from the 1040 slides or textbook. (For geriatrics, replace Piaget with Havighurst.) In your summary, include the behaviors related to their developmental stage that you expect to see. Use the following table:
Theorist Name of Theory r/t developmental stage Description of Theory Characteristic Behaviors I expect to see
Erikson’s Psychosocial Theory
Kohlberg’s Moral Development Theory
Piaget’s Cognitive Theory OR

Havighurst’s Developmental Tasks

Part 2: Observations (150 points)

Using a timeline (in 10-20 minute intervals), describe your observations during the two hours. Be sure to include behaviors noted during unstructured time, such as recess or water breaks.

In the Behaviors r/t Theories column, describe how the behaviors you observed are an example of the theories, as shown in the sample. If you see a behavior that is in opposition to a theory, mention that as well.

In the Caregiver Interventions column, give examples of how the teacher/caregiver used developmental stages in working with this age group. (There might not be a caregiver intervention for every timeframe, but you must include at least three interventions on the timeline.)

Timeline Activity Behaviors r/t Theories Caregiver Interventions
0-10 minutes

If you view videos, add the video name or link in this column

10-20 minutes

The timing here is an example. Please adjust the minutes to match the number of minutes the video lasts, or the amount of time the activity you’re viewing lasted. However, make notations at least every 20 minutes. If the video is longer than 20 minutes, break it down into two or more rows.

20 -30 minutes
30-40 minutes
40-60 minutes
60-80 minutes

80-100 minutes

100-120 minutes

Part 3: Analysis (25 points)

How did your observations compare to the theorists you studied for your preparation?
How will knowing developmental stages benefit your interactions with patients?
Would additional preparation have been helpful for this experience? If so, what?
(Optional): Was this a valuable experience for you? Why or why not?

Due to Covid-19, if you do not have an opportunity to participate in a live gathering of your selected age-group, you may view the videos posted below after you receive approval from Natasha or Carolyn. Multiple videos must be observed for the required 2 hours of observation time. Find your chosen age-group below and select the videos posted under the age-group. If you find videos on your own, please send the link to Natasha to approve it.

Growth and development videos:
The next six are school-aged kids (1st through 5th grades)–watch all for ~2 hours

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