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observation of Middle School child—"Joanne" case study in the quick maturing quality ***** today's youth of a ten-year-old girl (Observation done a middle school during student's lunch period)

Section I


*****" (pseudonym) is a ten-year-old young woman ***** Greek-American extraction. Her father ***** a *****, naturalized during his adolescence in the city of Chicago. ***** mother is a Greek immigrant. Joanne has been a resident of the area for most of her own life and education, however she frequently travels to Greece during ***** summers. At home, she speaks both Greek and Engl*****h. Her mother is only fluent in *****, and her father expresses difficulty ***** communication in both languages, according ***** his own report, depending on the length of time he has spent in either area. He ***** travels on bus*****ess back ***** forth to Greece, and ***** d*****e so all of ***** life, having minimal contact with his daughter and wife at ***** *****s. He has one other daughter from a previous marriage whom ***** has minimal interaction *****. However, Joanne is the ***** child within ***** household at the present time. At the time ***** the observation, her ***** had just left the ***** on travel (although he made himself available briefly before the observation), and thus ***** was speaking mainly Greek at home, and mainly English in school.

***** a middle school student, Joanne was evaluated during lunch ***** in ***** context of ***** classroom environment, at a local suburban public school often designated as '***** class.' This observation ***** conduced at the *****, in this *****, to give an idea of how Joanne related to her peers on an interpers*****al level, as well ***** her level of academic development. According to her parents, whom were conferred with before and after the observation to obtain permission and to obtain furt***** data regarding the young woman, Joanne's educational development has not been all that *****y have desired. They wished she had d***** better, not so much in terms of her grades, which were all A's ***** Bs, but in ***** extracurricular pursuits in b*****et and tennis, and also in terms of the interest she showed in school. ***** felt they had to push her very hard ***** succeed.

Regardless, Joanne's teac*****s expressed strong confidence in Joanne's ability, saying ***** she was slightly above her grade level in mathematics, although ***** language skills were somewhat deficient, partially, perhaps as a result of her bilingual home environment. She exhibited unusual prowess in the small foreign language component offered by the school ***** Spanish, although such displays are not unusual in *****s from multilingual backgrounds, given that the cognitive are***** of the brain devoted to language development in a v*****riety of areas are stimulated in a consistent and early fashion in a way that they might ***** be for all individuals.

Section II

Description of Development and Observation

Joanne was observed ***** lunch period in the computer room ***** her school, checking ***** sending her email. She sat with


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