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Alternative Approach to Assessing Young Children

Alternative Approach to Assessing Young Children - 01 edition

ISBN13: 978-1557664983

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ISBN13: 978-1557664983
ISBN10: 1557664986 Edition: 01
Copyright: 2001
Publisher: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co.
Published: 2001
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Alternative Approach to Assessing Young Children - 01 edition

ISBN13: 978-1557664983

Angela Losardo and Angela Notari-Syverson

ISBN13: 978-1557664983
ISBN10: 1557664986 Edition: 01
Copyright: 2001
Publisher: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co.
Published: 2001
International: No
Summary

Are you looking for ways to meet the needs of young children who are culturally, linguistically, or developmentally diverse? Do you find traditional assessment methods too confining to accurately assess the needs of all your students? Discover which form of assessment is right for you in this groundbreaking book from the experts! You'll take an in-depth look at six alternative assessment methods such as

  • naturalistic
  • focused
  • performance
  • portfolio
  • dynamic
  • curriculum-based language

In each chapter, you'll explore one of these methods and find a detailed description of the approach, a summary of advantages and limitations, specific guidelines for implementation, suggestions for working in inclusive environments, and samples of data collection forms. With this book's innovative strategies, you'll be able to build on your existing traditional assessment skills and provide more comprehensive assessments for young children and their families!

Table of Contents

About the Authors
Foreword
Preface
For the Web Site Companion User
Acknowledgments


1. Historical Perspectives on Alternative Assessment

Importance of Theoretical Frameworks
Historical Perspective
Traditional Models of Child Development: Nature versus Nurture
Beginning of Integration
Toward a More Comprehensive Approach: Social-Constructivist Model
An Integrated Unified Model: Systems Perspective
Broad Ecological Approach
Conclusion
Review Questions


2. Traditional and Contemporary Assessment Models

Definitions and Terminology
Assessment Approaches and Tools
Formal Assessments
Nonformal Assessments
Types of Assessment
Norm-Referenced Assessment
Criterion-Referenced Assessment
Purposes of Assessment
Limitations of Traditional Approaches
Complexity and Holistic Nature of Development
Role of Context and Culture on Learning
Framework for Alternative Assessment Models
Conclusion
Review Questions


3. Naturalistic Assessment

Theoretical Framework
Models and Applications
Advantages and Limitations
Advantages
Limitations
Guidelines for Implementation
Suggestions for Practitioners in Inclusive Environments
Initial Assessment
Goal Development
Intervention
Evaluation
Conclusion
Review Questions


4. Focused Assessment

Contexts for Assessment
Collecting Data
Play-Based Assessments
Theoretical Framework
Clinical Approach
Developmental Theory
Transdisciplinary Approach
Models and Applications
Play-Based Assessments
Advantages and Limitations
Advantages
Limitations
Guidelines for Implementation
Suggestions for Practitioners in Inclusive Environments
Initial Assessment
Goal Development
Intervention
Evaluation
Conclusion
Review Questions


5. Performance Assessment

Theoretical Framework
Social-Constructivist Approach
Ecological Approach
Models and Applications
Advantages and Limitations
Advantages Limitations
Guidelines for Implementation
Suggestions for Practitioners in Inclusive Environments
Initial Assessment
Goal Development
Intervention
Evaluation
Conclusion
Review Questions


6. Portfolio Assessment

Theoretical Framework
Ecological Approach
Social-Constructivist Approach
Models and Applications
Criteria for Selecting and Evaluating Content
Child Participation
Advantages and Limitations
Advantages
Limitations
Guidelines for Implementation
Suggestions for Practitioners in Inclusive Environments
Initial Assessment
Goal Development
Intervention
Evaluation
Conclusion
Review Questions


7. Dynamic Assessment

Cognitive and Metacognitive Processes
Self-Regulation and Socioemotional Processes
Theoretical Framework
Models and Applications
Dynamic Assessment and Scaffolding Models
Mediated Learning Approaches
Early Self-Regulation and Neurobehavioral Facilitation
Advantages and Limitations
Advantages
Limitations
Guidelines for Implementation
Suggestions for Practitioners in Inclusive Environments
Initial Assessment
Goal Development
Intervention
Evaluation
Conclusion
Review Questions


8. Curriculum-Based Language Assessment

Theoretical Framework
Models and Applications
Advantages and Limitations
Advantages
Limitations
Guidelines for Implementation
Suggestions for Practitioners in Inclusive Environments
Initial Assessment
Goal Development
Intervention
Evaluation
Conclusion
Review Questions


9. Transdisciplinary Framework

Summary of Alternative Assessment Approaches
Rationale for a Transdisciplinary Framework
Models and Applications
System to Plan Early Childhood Services
Primary Language Record
Barriers to Implementation
Advantages and Limitations
Advantages
Limitations
Guidelines for Implementation
Conclusion
Review Questions


10. Future Directions

Major Themes
Holistic View of Child Development
Role of Context and Culture
Caregiver Involvement in the Assessment Process
Using a Transdisciplinary Framework
Using a Multidimensional Approach
Guidelines for Assessing Children from Diverse Cultural and Linguistic Backgrounds
Alternative Assessment Approaches
Assessment Process
Future Directions
Review Questions
References
Glossary
Data Collection Sheets

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