My Notes – Early Childhood Education Diploma » Blog Archive » Observation using Checklist Method

Checklist is a list of specific traits or behaviour arranged in logical order. Marks or check only when they are present. All checklist items should be positive, short, descriptive, understandable, parallel in constructions, objective, not judgemental, not repeated, and representative of behaviour.


  • Easy, quick, efficient
  • Don’t have to be trained to use it
  • Can use in presence of the child or later
  • Several observers can gather the same information to check for reliability
  • Focus on many behaviours at one time
  • Useful for curriculum planning for individuals


  • “Closed” in nature, can only observe what is stated in the checklist
  • Limited to “presence” or “absence” of behaviour
  • Lack of information about quality and duration of behaviour and a description
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