Assessment of Young Children: A Collaborative Approach

Assessment of Young Children: A Collaborative Approach

By: Lisa B. Fiore (author)Paperback

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In an era of standards and norms where assessment tends to minimize or dismiss individual differences and results in punitive outcomes or no action at all, Assessment of Young Children provides teachers with an approach to assessment that is in the best interest of both children and their families. Author Lisa B. Fiore explores a variety of ways to study and assess young children in their natural environments, while stressing the importance of bringing children and families into the process. This lively text helps the reader learn how to cultivate developmentally appropriate practice, create appropriate expectations, examine children's work, interact in groups, and improve their teacher behavior. Accounts of real experiences from children, families, teachers, and administrators provide on-the-ground models of assessment stategies and demonstrate how children are affected. Assessment of Young Children explores both standardized and authentic assessment, work sampling systems, and observation skills. Readers will walk away with strategies for communicating information about children and portfolio assessment, and how the use of formal and informal methods of observation, documentation, and assessment are connected to teacher and student inquiry. Assessment of Young Children encourages an assessment strategy where the child remains the focus and explores how collaboration with children, families, and colleagues creates an image-not a diagnosis-of the child that is empowering rather than constraining. Special Features Include: Case Study examples that anchor the concepts presented in the chapters and engage readers more deeply in the content. "Now what?" and "Avenues for Inquiry" throughout the book present students with concrete extensions of the material that they may pursue for further investigation

About Author

Lisa B. Fiore is an Associate Professor and Director of Early Childhood Education Program at Lesley University.


1. What do you notice? Why? - Seeds of Inquiry Who? - Examining the learning group - individual and group learners When? - Developmentally appropriate practice How? - Considering Assessment Methods and Tools Where? - Location, Location, Location 2. Role of the Environment Context: Classroom, School, Community Cultural Issues Case Study - Family interview Climate: Guidelines and Standards Case Study - Reggio Emilia, Chicago Common 3. Observation Looking AND Listening Case Study - The Pedagogy of Listening (Carlina Rinaldi) Documentation as Noun (Product) and Verb (Process) Turning observation into advocacy Case Study - 4. Standardized Assessment Traditional Assessment Objectivity vs. Subjectivity Paradigm Shifts and Cultural Shifts Case Study - Draw -a-Person Test 5. Authentic Assessment Balancing idealism and reality Collaboration Response to Intervention Case Study - Looking at Student Work (LASW) protocol 6. The Play's the Thing Historical Views Recognizing significance in ordinary moments Case Study - Vivian Paley excerpt Social and Emotional Competence The Play Imperative Case Study - Alliance for Childhood statement 7. Viva le difference Facets of Diversity Culturally Sensitive Practice Universal Design Case Study -- 8. Now what? Evaluating data Writing reports and IEPs Communicating with families, administrators, and legislators Utilizing Technology Case Study -- 9. Teacher as Researcher Inquiry Ethics Case Study - Eleanor Duckworth or Hawkins Institute

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780415888127
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 202
  • ID: 9780415888127
  • weight: 145
  • ISBN10: 0415888123

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