Narrative Recording for Collecting Data on a Child
Information in narrative recording does not typically contain quantitative data (e.g. the number of times a child raised his hand, the number of tantrums a child has, etc.). It involves a general (or specific) description of events occurring in a particular setting. Recording data in narrative form is time consuming and works well for observing one student. It may be difficult for the observer to track all student behavior in the classroom, especially in group work. The observer typically sits in isolation away from the students while taking notes. A student may be aware that he/she is being observed which could trigger the student to be on his/her best behavior. At the same time, this can prove that a child is able to control his/her behavior in that setting.
It is important to understand that observations of this nature are only snapshots of a student’s behavior in a certain setting at a given moment in time. There may be specific times during the day or week, certain classes, specific students that trigger positive or negative behaviors displayed by a student. These kinds of observations should be used in combination with record reviews, interviews, rating scales, teacher evaluation forms, and formal and informal testing when effectively making an evaluation.
This post originally appeared on About.com
Subscribe to our free email newsletter now to access our free magazine!