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1st Edition

Assessment of Young Children
A Collaborative Approach

ISBN 9780415888127
Published April 26, 2012 by Routledge
202 Pages

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Book Description

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

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

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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