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  Natural Observations of Children  
Laura Equihua Lopez
Using videotape as my observational tool, and the "Project Approach" as my theoretical framework, I captured children on tape, in everyday activities.

I will use the tapes in my classes as a focus for dialogues on children's development.

  What is the "Project Approach"?
(from the
ERIC Digest)

Lillian Katz (UI, Champaign-Urbana) is the leading theorist of the Project Approach. It is also influenced by the pre-primary schools of Reggio Emilia.

"A project is an in-depth investigation of a topic worth learning more about. ...undertaken by a small group of children within a class, sometimes by a whole class, and occasionally by an individual child. The key feature of a project is that it is ...deliberately focused on finding answers to questions about a topic posed either by the children, the teacher, or the teacher working with the children. The goal of a project is to learn more about the topic rather than to (get it right)"

Both systematic and project-based intruction are important. The differences are listed below:

Instruction Project work
Teaches skills Uses skills
Works on weaknesses Works on strengths
Motivates by obedience Motivated by activity
Is teacher-directed Is learner-directed

External Links ECE Web Guide (Project Approach and other theories)
The Project Approach (from ERIC)
The Project Approach Catalog
Project Approach, University of Alberta
PROJECTS-L: The Project Approach ...a discussion group about the Project Approach.

 phase 1   Choosing the project, brainstorming, "project mapping". My Choices

phase 2 Field Work (action research) My Methods

phase 3 Report, Debrief, "Tour" the project. My Conclusions



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