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
Case Study – Family interview
Climate: Guidelines and Standards
Case Study – Reggio Emilia, Chicago Common
Looking AND Listening
Case Study – The Pedagogy of Listening (Carlina Rinaldi)
Documentation as Noun (Product) and Verb (Process)
Turning observation into advocacy
Case Study – Videatives.com
4. Standardized 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
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
Case Study --
8. Now what?
Writing reports and IEPs
Communicating with families, administrators, and legislators
Case Study --
9. Teacher as Researcher
Case Study – Eleanor Duckworth or Hawkins Institute
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