Provides students with a robust understanding of how the images teachers hold of children can shape assessment, ant the what, why and how of assessment for diverse learners. McLachlan and Margrain, Massey University, NZ. Edwards and McLean, Australian Catholic University.
Children's Learning and Development: Contemporary assessment in the early years is an introduction to early childhood learning and the what, why and how of assessment for diverse learners. Assessment has become a key part of the developments for the Early Years Learning Framework in Australia and Te Wh?riki in New Zealand. Assessment has several important purposes, including: - Informing what and how teachers plan learning experiences - Identifying areas of learning and development where children may need support or extensions - Integrating learning with curriculum and program provision Children's Learning and Development explores assessment through historical theories, philosophies and beliefs, social and cultural contexts, individual differences, and provides information on current assessment tools. These tools include national standardised testing, school entry assessments and international benchmark testing such as PIRLS and PISA. It also discusses how early years assessment is approached and understood within Australian and New Zealand frameworks and how we compare to international curriculum documents from countries such as the US, the UK, Sweden and Singapore. With the aid of teacher reflections, case studies and pedagogical features such as reflection points, key terms and useful resources, Children's Learning and Development is a must have resource for all early childhood education students and practitioners. Key Features Discusses how early years assessment is approached and understood within a range of international curriculum documents. Boxes containing teacher reflections and case studies throughout the text help students place learning in context. * Current assessment tools in use in Australian and New Zealand are examined, including national standardised testing, school entry assessments and international benchmarking testing such as PIRLS and PISA.
Claire McLachlan, Susan Edwards, Valerie Margrain and Karen McLean Claire McLachlan is Professor of Childhood Education at Massey University, New Zealand. Susan Edwards is Associate Professor of Curriculum and Pedagogy in the Faculty of Education at Australian Catholic University. Valerie Margrain is a Senior Lecturer and National Coordinator for Master of Teaching (Early Years) & Master of Early Childhood Education at Australian Catholic University. Karen McLean is a Lecturer in Education at Australian Catholic University. She was awarded the 2012 Australian Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.
Chapter 1 Assessment in the early years Chapter 2 Theory, philosophies and beliefs: seeing children and thinking about assessment Chapter 3 International perspectives on play and assessment Chapter 4 What role does assessment play in curriculum planning? Chapter 5 Why assess? Examining the purposes of assessment in education Chapter 6 What to assess: From ideology to the best interests of the child Chapter 7 How to assess: uses and purposes of current assessment tools Chapter 8 Social and cultural contexts in assessment can one size fit all? Chapter 9 Early intervention and assessment: purposes and processes Chapter 10 Individual differences and assessment in the early childhood setting Chapter 11 Moving forward collaboratively Chapter 12 Conclusion
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