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Assessment and Learning - Second edition

Documentation and planning for the EYLF

Assessment and Learning - Second Edition is written by well-known Essential Resources author Bridie Raban.   

The first section of the resource focuses on documenting children's learning and how this relates to the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF 2.0). It provides insights into the 'why' and 'how' of EYLF documentation. There are discussion questions to prompt effective reflective practice by early childhood educators and directors.  

The following sections highlight early childhood planning and assessment. Planning and assessment are linked to the EYLF principles and practices - for example, how planning relates to intentional practice. The forms of assessment in ECE are also explored - assessment for learning, assessment of learning and assessment as learning.  

At the heart of Assessment and Learning is how documentation, planning and assessment foster each child's development and well-being through rich learning opportunities. 

Ages: 0-5 | Pages: 56 | Code: TS0319 | ISBN: 9781922530691

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Bridie Raban

Bridie Raban was the Foundation Mooroolbeek Professor of Early Childhood Studies at the University of Melbourne. She is currently an Honorary Professorial Fellow at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education and in 2021, she was awarded an Honorary University Fellowship by Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU). 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.



Young children as active learners4
How children learn4
The learning environment5
The emotional environment6
The process of assessing children's learning6
Developing a community of learners9
How to use this book10
For discussion10
1. About documentation11
Many reasons for documentation11
What to consider when collecting evidence of children's learning16
What documentation can tell you about children and the learning environment17
Monitoring children's learning19
Good practices20
For discussion21
2. Focus areas for documentation22
What to document22
What to look for24
Collating the evidence24
Methods of documenting25
Using documentation27
Relevance of documentation28
Documentation and children's learning28
For discussion29
3. About planning30
The importance of effective planning30
Being flexible and responsive31
Long-term plans32
Planning the learning environment33
Familiar surroundings34
Plans in response to reflection34
Planning for the Learning Outcomes34
Planning for the everyday35
Planning for individual children35
Planning resources37
Intentional teaching experiences38
Planning without topics38
Good practices39
For discussion39
4. About assessment40
Assessment and learning40
Overview of forms of assessment41
Assessment for learning41
Assessment of learning42
Assessment as learning43
Assessing strengths and capabilities44
Assessment and planning45
Zones of development45
The role of feedback46
Recording assessment46
Assessment in practice47
For discussion47
5. The planning cycle48
The planning cycle in practice48
Taking the next steps49
Supported learning49
Reviewing your assessment procedures50
Reflective practices51
For discussion51
Assessment overview: Understanding the child52
Further reading55