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Assessment for Learning

Documentation and planning for the EYLF

Assessment for Learning is an essential resource for all educators and directors in early childhood settings. It provides a point of reference in relation to the assessment for learning process described in the EYLF. The chapters deal with different aspects of the process, focusing on documentation, planning, evaluation, assessment and reflection. Each can be seen as separate, but all aspects need to be put in place to ensure that each child's learning is fostered through rich and stimulating experiences. It includes case studies of planning, sample planning sheets and support on balancing child-initiated and adult-led learning.

Ages: 0-5 | Pages: 56 | Code: TS0114 | ISBN: 9781921613449

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Bridie Raban

Bridie Raban is currently an Honorary Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne Graduate School of Education. Her past research has focused on language and literacy development, teacher change and development, curriculum and assessment for the early childhood years and quality provision. She was the first Professor of Early Childhood Education in Victoria and the second in Australia, and before this she was Professor of Primary Education (Early Years) at the University of Warwick and President of the UK Reading Association.

 

 

Contents
Introduction5
Young children's learning5
How do children learn?5
The learning environment6
The emotional environment7
The process of assessment in children's learning8
Developing a community of learners9
How to use this book10
For discussion11
About documentation12
Many reasons for documentation12
Making learning visible13
Getting to know each child and working with parents14
What to consider when collecting evidence of children's learning16
What can documentation tell you about children and the
learning environment?17
Monitoring children's learning19
Good practices20
For discussion21
Focuses for documentation22
What to document22
What to look for23
Collating the evidence24
Methods of documenting26
Using documentation27
Relevance of documentation28
Documentation and children's learning29
For discussion30
About planning31
The importance of effective planning31
Being flexible and responsive32
Long-term plans33
Planning the learning environment34
Familiar surroundings35
Plans in response to reflection35
Planning for the Learning Outcomes36
Planning for the everyday36
Planning for individual children37
Planning resources38
Intentional teaching experiences39
Planning without topics40
Good practices40
For discussion41
About assessment42
Assessment is for learning42
Formative assessment42
Assessing strengths and capabilities43
Assessment and planning44
Zones of development44
The role of feedback45
Summative assessment45
Recording assessment46
Forms of assessment47
Assessment in practice48
For discussion48
The assessment cycle49
The assessment cycle in practice49
Taking the next steps50
Supported learning50
Reviewing your assessment procedures51
Reflective practices52
For discussion53
Understanding the child54
References55
Further resources56