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Assessment of Young Children


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Table of Contents

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


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



Case Study - Eleanor Duckworth or Hawkins Institute

About the Author

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


"Each chapter introduces a topic; supports the description and analysis with tables and figures that provide valuable information; and follows with a case study, a summary, some significant questions, and relevant, valuable supplementary websites. The chapters on the importance of play, the challenges of diversity, and the teacher as researcher will be particularly useful for professionals in the field. Summing Up: Highly recommended. General readers, undergraduate students of all levels, graduate students, and professionals." - S. Sugarman, emerita, Bennington College,Vermont State Colleges in CHOICE

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