Literature Review Essay

1391 Words Jun 18th, 2012 6 Pages

Assessment Strategies in Early Childhood Education
Pamela Durant-Stewart
Strayer University

Dr. Elkanah Faux
DSP9999 Seminar
January 29, 2011

Assessment Strategies in Early Childhood Education Assessment theories and strategies are used to evaluate children so that the teacher can better aid the child in the learning environment. As a teacher, I believe that assessments are an important tool that can give extensive information about children; especially in Early Childhood development. Pellegrino, Chudowsky & Glaser (2001) stated that “although assessments are used for many purposes in the educational system, a premise of this report is that their
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107). The basis of Fleer’s approach is Vygotsky’s social theories. This approach supports that the individual assessment of children is less effective than assessing children through their social interactions with the class and other children during play or role playing. This article focused on the use of technology in Early Childhood Education assessments; and, it highlighted the benefits of the sociocultural perspectives in assessments models and strategies. Fleer (2002) stated that “Sociocultural approaches to teaching and learning foreground the notion that learning is more than an individual construction” (p. 112). The overall idea of assessing children based on their interaction in the class can help teachers identify social and behavior problems that hinder learning. In my opinion, this approach would be an executed in conjunction with individual curriculum design. In comparison to Fleer’s sociocultural approach, Mallory & New (1994) focused on the social assessment of children with special needs and disabilities. This article argues for a paradigmatic shift away from the individualistic models of development and learning to a social constructivist model that stems from views of learning and

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