Observe/Interview: Using the guide provided, observe a children’s group

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Observations and Interviews (CO-3,5) To strengthen and bring real-life examples to the content of this course, there will be assigned observations, reflections, and/or interviews to conduct throughout the course. Please select two of the options below for your observation/interview work. If you need additional clarification or guidance, please reach out to your professor for assistance with this assignment.

 

1. Observe/Interview: Using the guide provided, observe a children’s group (preschool class, Sunday school class, AWANA meeting, sporting event, etc.) OR interview a children’s ministry/childcare worker (children’s pastor/director, daycare worker, dance instructor, etc.). Developmental Foundations for the Ministry

 

2. Observe/Interview: Using the guide provided, observe a youth group or teen group (youth ministry, non-profit ministry to youth [Treehouse], or teen event) OR interview a youth worker (youth pastor, youth counselor, coach, etc.).

 

3. Observe/Interview: Using the guide provided, observe an adult group (Bible study group, sporting event, etc.) OR interview an adult group leader (senior pastor, ministry leader, etc.).

 

4. Observe/Interview: Using the guide provided, observe a special needs ministry (Bible study group, sporting event, etc.) OR interview a special needs group leader (pastor, ministry leader, therapist, etc.).

 

Observation Guidelines

 

Children (birth to age 10): 

 

· Observe children in a natural (e.g. home), public (e.g. park/mall), or church setting (ask for permission where applicable) 

 

· Aim for an hour of observation time   

 

· Note the child or children’s behavior, developmental markers displayed, etc.  

 

· Write a one-page reflection of what you noticed and how it relates to the developmental theories discussed that are pertinent to childhood and the age observed.  

 

Preadolescents and Adolescents (11-18): 

 

· Observe youth in a natural (e.g. home), public (e.g. park/mall), or church setting (ask for permission where applicable) 

 

· Aim for an hour of observation time   

 

· Note the youth’s behavior, developmental markers displayed, etc.  

 

· Write a one-page reflection of what you noticed and how it relates to the developmental theories discussed that are pertinent to the age observed.  

 

Emerging Adults (18-29): 

 

· Observe emerging adults in a natural (e.g. home), public (e.g. park/mall), or church setting  

 

· Aim for an hour of observation time   

 

· Note the EA’s behavior, developmental markers displayed, etc.  

 

· Write a one-page reflection of what you noticed and how it relates to the developmental theories discussed that are pertinent to the age observed.  

 

Young, Median, or Senior Adults (30+): 

 

· Observe adults in a natural (e.g. home), public (e.g. park/mall), or church setting (ask for permission where applicable) 

 

· Aim for an hour of observation time   

 

· Note the adult’s behavior, developmental markers displayed, etc.  

 

· Write a one-page reflection of what you noticed and how it relates to the developmental theories discussed that are pertinent to the age observed. 

 

Interview Guidelines

 

Children Leader: 

 

· Please introduce yourself and tell us a little about your ministry background/experience 

 

· Share your journey to understanding developmental foundations/theories (educational background, additional reading, personal experiences, etc.). 

 

· Share some stories about how understanding or knowing about developmental foundations/theories has been impactful/essential in ministry with children. 

 

· How have you kept up with key research or information regarding developmental foundations/theories? (i.e. do you keep a list of resources to reference as needed, attend conferences, read any key books, etc.)? 

 

· What would you recommend undergrads preparing for ministry with children (or otherwise) know about developmental foundations/theories? In other words, if they remember, or hold on to, just a few key points: what should they remember?  

 

· Anything else you’d like to share with a group of undergrads preparing for ministry with children? 

 

Youth Leader: 

 

· Please introduce yourself and tell us a little about your ministry back-ground/experience 

 

· Share your journey to understanding developmental foundations/theories (educational background, additional reading, personal experiences, etc.). 

 

· Share some stories about how understanding or knowing about developmental foundations/theories has been impactful/essential in ministry with youth. 

 

· How have you kept up with key research or information regarding developmental foundations/theories? (i.e. do you keep a list of resources to reference as needed, attend conferences, read any key books, etc.)? 

 

· What would you recommend undergrads preparing for ministry with youth (or otherwise) know about developmental foundations/theories? In other words, if they remember, or hold on to, just a few key points: what should they remember? 

 

· Anything else you’d like to share with a group of undergrads preparing for ministry with youth? 

 

Emerging Adults or Adults Leader: 

 

· Please introduce yourself and tell us a little about your ministry back-ground/experience 

 

· Share your journey to understanding developmental foundations/theories (educational background, additional reading, personal experiences, etc.). 

 

· Share some stories about how understanding or knowing about developmental foundations/theories has been impactful/essential in ministry with adults. 

 

· How have you kept up with key research or information regarding developmental foundations/theories? (i.e. do you keep a list of resources to reference as needed, attend conferences, read any key books, etc.)? 

 

· What would you recommend undergrads preparing for ministry with adults (or otherwise) know about developmental foundations/theories? In other words, if they remember, or hold on to, just a few key points: what should they remember? 

 

· Anything else you’d like to share with a group of undergrads preparing for ministry?

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