Early Childhood Assessment

  • Filename: early-childhood-assessment.
  • ISBN: 9780309124652
  • Release Date: 2008-11-21
  • Number of pages: 520
  • Author: Board on Children, Youth and Families
  • Publisher: National Academies Press

The assessment of young children's development and learning has recently taken on new importance. Private and government organizations are developing programs to enhance the school readiness of all young children, especially children from economically disadvantaged homes and communities and children with special needs. Well-planned and effective assessment can inform teaching and program improvement, and contribute to better outcomes for children. This book affirms that assessments can make crucial contributions to the improvement of children's well-being, but only if they are well designed, implemented effectively, developed in the context of systematic planning, and are interpreted and used appropriately. Otherwise, assessment of children and programs can have negative consequences for both. The value of assessments therefore requires fundamental attention to their purpose and the design of the larger systems in which they are used. Early Childhood Assessment addresses these issues by identifying the important outcomes for children from birth to age 5 and the quality and purposes of different techniques and instruments for developmental assessments.

Early Childhood Assessment

  • Filename: early-childhood-assessment.
  • ISBN: 9780471269304
  • Release Date: 2002-12-16
  • Number of pages: 313
  • Author: Carol S. Lidz
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

A new guide to conducting more comprehensive and meaningful psychological assessments of young children Early Childhood Assessment presents a thorough, step-by-step approach to the comprehensive psychological assessment of young children. In addition to covering major psychological tests, this invaluable resource includes specific guidelines and formats for interviewing parents and other caregivers, observing children and caregiver-child interaction, conducting dynamic assessments, writing reports, and evaluating outcomes of recommended interventions. Dr. Lidz's approach encourages a broad range of observation with an overarching objective of completing a picture of the "whole" child, from family life to social-emotional and neuropsychological functioning. She leads the reader through each step of a comprehensive assessment, touching on the major data sources necessary for a full understanding of the child within different environments. Throughout the book, Dr. Lidz advocates best assessment practices that reflect the interests of children and families. Features useful information on: * Conducting initial interviews and observations for setting the course of the assessment * Using standardized and nonstandardized approaches to generate both qualitative and quantitative data * Viewing children and families within their cultural contexts * Integrating assessment data sources to generate meaningful recommendations and readable reports Plus: * Includes unique chapters on play, observation of parent-child and teacher-child interactions, and dynamic assessment Early Childhood Assessment is a valuable tool for professionals and students who are concerned about the richness and complexity of children's development within their families and communities.

Understanding Assessment and Evaluation in Early Childhood Education

  • Filename: understanding-assessment-and-evaluation-in-early-childhood-education.
  • ISBN: 0807745324
  • Release Date: 2005
  • Number of pages: 185
  • Author: Dominic F. Gullo
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press

This bestselling book is still the best choice for helping early childhood teachers understand the process of assessment and evaluation to benefit young children. With the advent of the No Child Left Behind Act, testing, accountability, and standards are now pervasive throughout early childhood education. Completely revised to address the issues that have been raised by these new policies, the Second Edition features completely new chapters on: assessment of children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, addressing the new makeup of today's classroom; assessment of children with special needs, focusing on the relationship among assessment, curriculum, and instruction; and the addition of a helpful glossary of terms and an annotated listing of assessment instruments used in early childhood education.

Multifaceted Assessment for Early Childhood Education

  • Filename: multifaceted-assessment-for-early-childhood-education.
  • ISBN: 9781412970150
  • Release Date: 2009-11-02
  • Number of pages: 331
  • Author: Robert J. Wright
  • Publisher: SAGE

Multifaceted Assessment in Early Childhood is ideal for those on upper-division undergraduate courses and first-level graduate courses in early childhood education assessment. The book covers the various measures used in a range of assessment dimensions, and includes valuable information regarding young children with special needs and English Language Learners, which has rarely been touched upon in other textbooks. The chapters are focused on student accessibility and include practical applications of key concepts. Features and benefits: Covers a range of assessment concepts, including - Formative (uses feedback from learning to adapt teaching) -Summative (i.e. tests, quizzes) -Authentic (focuses on complex/deeper tasks) -Standardized (STAR, SAT) Includes coverage of assessment for English language learners and children with special needs -- topics that are not provided enough coverage in other books (including Wortham, McAfee, Puckett and Mindes). Wright's writing style grabs and engages the reader in the topic. Two of our reviewers who use Wortham specifically cited Wright's writing style as a reason they would adopt our book. A McAfee reviewer is likely to switch for the same reason.


  • Filename: bridging.
  • ISBN: 1412950104
  • Release Date: 2007-06-08
  • Number of pages: 333
  • Author: Jie-Qi Chen
  • Publisher: Corwin Press

Includes a facilitator's guide to help teachers use familiar activities to observe children naturally in language and literacy, visual arts, mathematics, sciences, and the performing arts.

Principles and Recommendations for Early Childhood Assessments

  • Filename: principles-and-recommendations-for-early-childhood-assessments.
  • ISBN: 9780788173615
  • Release Date: 1998-06-01
  • Number of pages: 40
  • Author: Ken Nelson
  • Publisher: DIANE Publishing

Addresses National Education Goal #1 which states the by the year 2000, all children in America will start school ready to learn, by setting forth principles and recommendations to help early childhood professionals and policymakers meet their information needs by assessing young children appropriately and effectively. Focuses on supporting learning, identifying specific needs, program evaluation and monitoring trends, and high-stakes accountability.The report defines each purpose, identifies the audience for the assessment, discusses technical requirements and age continuum, and makes recommendations for policymakers.

Assessment in Early Childhood Settings

  • Filename: assessment-in-early-childhood-settings.
  • ISBN: 076196794X
  • Release Date: 2001-07-23
  • Number of pages: 202
  • Author: Margaret Carr
  • Publisher: SAGE

This book shows that an early childhood setting can be described as a learning place in which children develop learning dispositions such as resilience in the face of uncertainty, confidence to express their ideas, and collaborative and thoughtful approaches to problem-solving. These dispositions provide the starting point for life-long learning. The author asks: How can we assess and track children's learning in the early years in a way that includes learning dispositions and avoids the pitfalls of over-formal methods, whilst being helpful for practitioners, interesting for families, and supportive for learners? The book · describes a way of assessment that stays close to the children's r

Assessment in Early Childhood Education

  • Filename: assessment-in-early-childhood-education.
  • ISBN: 1446223108
  • Release Date: 1992-01-28
  • Number of pages: 200
  • Author: Geva M. Blenkin Albert Victor Kelly
  • Publisher: SAGE

An absolute must for all of us endeavouring to cope with and combat the current climate' - "Early Years" This bookhas three objectives; to identify the essential features of forms of assessment which will be genuinely supportive of education in the early years; to help teachers in their search for such forms; and to evaluate the likely impact of the systems of external assessment currently being imposed.

Assessment in Early Childhood Education

  • Filename: assessment-in-early-childhood-education.
  • ISBN: 0133802914
  • Release Date: 2015-02-10
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: Sue C. Wortham
  • Publisher: Pearson

Note: This is the bound book only and does not include access to the Enhanced Pearson eText. To order the Enhanced Pearson eText packaged with a bound book, use ISBN 0134057287. This comprehensive text helps prepare future and current teachers to measure or evaluate children in early childhood, to become fully informed about the range of assessment possibilities available, and to learn how those techniques and instruments can be most beneficial to the children in their classrooms. This new edition features expanded and enhanced material covering the ever-growing trend toward performance assessment, portfolios, and other methods of reporting a child's performance. Throughout, the approach of the authors is to present the development of an assessment system that includes traditional as well as authentic assessment strategies in a comprehensive plan and to seek to inform the reader about all types of assessments and their appropriate use. The Enhanced Pearson eText features embedded video and assessments. Improve mastery and retention with the Enhanced Pearson eText* The Enhanced Pearson eText provides a rich, interactive learning environment designed to improve student mastery of content. The Enhanced Pearson eText is: Engaging. The new interactive, multimedia learning features were developed by the authors and other subject-matter experts to deepen and enrich the learning experience. Convenient. Enjoy instant online access from your computer or download the Pearson eText App to read on or offline on your iPad® and Android® tablet.* Affordable. The Enhanced Pearson eText may be purchased stand-alone or with a loose-leaf version of the text for 40-65% less than a print bound book. * The Enhanced eText features are only available in the Pearson eText format. They are not available in third-party eTexts or downloads. *The Pearson eText App is available on Google Play and in the App Store. It requires Android OS 3.1-4, a 7" or 10" tablet, or iPad iOS 5.0 or later.

Handbook of Early Childhood Intervention

  • Filename: handbook-of-early-childhood-intervention.
  • ISBN: 0521585732
  • Release Date: 2000-05-22
  • Number of pages: 734
  • Author: Jack P. Shonkoff
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This 2000 book provides a comprehensive overview of this complex field by an outstanding group of contributing authors.

Authentic Assessment for Early Childhood Intervention

  • Filename: authentic-assessment-for-early-childhood-intervention.
  • ISBN: 1606237527
  • Release Date: 2007-06-06
  • Number of pages: 315
  • Author: Stephen J. Bagnato
  • Publisher: Guilford Press

Meeting a crucial need, this book provides clear recommendations for authentic developmental assessment of children from infancy to age 6, including those with developmental delays and disabilities. It describes principles and strategies for collecting information about children's everyday activities in the home, preschool, and community that serves as a valid basis for intervention planning and progress monitoring. Throughout, the book emphasizes the importance of enlisting parents as partners with practitioners and teachers in observation and team-based decision making. Special features of this well-organized, accessible volume include recommendations for developmentally appropriate assessment tools and "Best-Practice Guidepoints" in each chapter that distill key professional standards and practices.

Early Childhood Assessment in School and Clinical Child Psychology

  • Filename: early-childhood-assessment-in-school-and-clinical-child-psychology.
  • ISBN: 9781493963492
  • Release Date: 2016-10-29
  • Number of pages: 297
  • Author: Adrienne Garro
  • Publisher: Springer

This book presents an integrated and coordinated framework for assessing developmental, psychological, and behavioral disorders in early childhood. Expert contributors advocate for natural-environment methods in addition to standardized measures in assessing academic and social skills as well as age-specific behavior problems in young children. Chapters model collaborations between clinicians, family, and daycare and school personnel, address diagnostic and classification issues, and conceptualize assessment as flexible, ongoing, and, as necessary, leading to coordinated services. The book gives practitioners and researchers critical tools toward establishing best practices in an increasingly complex and important area, leading to better prevention and intervention outcomes. Included in the coverage: Standardized assessment of cognitive development. Authentic and performance-based assessment. The use of Response to Intervention (RTI) in early childhood. Collaboration in school and child care settings. Anxiety disorders, PTSD, OCD, and depression in young children. Sleeping, feeding/eating, and attachment problems in early childhood. Early Childhood Assessment in School and Clinical Child Psychology is an essential resource for clinicians and related professionals, researchers, and graduate students in child and school psychology; assessment, testing, and evaluation; occupational therapy; family studies, educational psychology; and speech pathology.

Early Childhood Education

  • Filename: early-childhood-education.
  • ISBN: 1604563796
  • Release Date: 2008
  • Number of pages: 282
  • Author: Petr G. Grotewell
  • Publisher: Nova Publishers

"This book focuses on early childhood education which spans the human life from birth to age eight. Infants and toddlers experience life more holistically than any other age group. Social, emotional, cognitive, language, and physical lessons are not learned separately by very young children. Adults who are most helpful to young children interact in ways that understand that the child is learning from the whole experience, not just that part of the experience to which the adult gives attention. Although early childhood education does not have to occur in the absence of the parent or primary caregiver, this term is sometimes used to denote education by someone other than these the parent or primary caregiver. Both research in the field and early childhood educators view the parents as an integral part of the early childhood education process. Early childhood education takes many forms depending on the theoretical and educational beliefs of the educator or parent. Other terms that is often used interchangeably with "early childhood education" are "early childhood learning", "early care" and "early education". Much of the first two years of life are spent in the creation of a child's first "sense of self" or the building of a first identity. Because this is a crucial part of children's makeup - how they first see themselves, how they think they should function, how they expect others to function in relation to them, early care must ensure that in addition to carefully selected and trained caregivers, links with family, home culture, and home language are a central part of program policy. If care becomes a substitute for, rather than a support of, family, children may develop a less-than-positive sense of who they are and where they come from because of their child care experience."--PUBLISHER'S WEBSITE.

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