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Multifaceted Assessment for Early Childhood Education

Multifaceted Assessment for Early Childhood Education

November 2009 | 360 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
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


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.

Part I. Background, Current Issues, and Interpretation of Assessments in Early Childhood
Chapter 1. History and Framework of Early Education and the Assessment of Young Children
Chapter 2. Issues and Current Practice for Assessing Young Children
Chapter 3. Understanding Early Childhood Assessment Scores
Part II. Formative and Summative Assessments and Tests
Chapter 4. Informal Evaluations of Young Children
Chapter 5. Teacher-Constructed Scales and Checklists
Chapter 6. Summative Measurements of Educational Outcomes
Part III. Individual Screening Measures and Full Assessments
Chapter 7. Developmental Assessments of Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers
Chapter 8. Cognitive Assessment of Young Children
Chapter 9. Standardized Assessments of the Early Academic Skills of Young Children
Part IV. Parent Communication and Special Needs Children
Chapter 10. Evaluating, Grading, and Reporting to Parents
Chapter 11. Identification of Young Children With Special Needs
Chapter 12. Family Involvement and Engagement
Part V. Evaluation of Early Childhood Programs and Schools
Chapter 13. Program Evaluation and Planning
About the Author

"I have every intention of using the text. It is the best one I’ve ever read. I really think this will help my students put all these little parts together and have a deeper understanding of assessment practices. The text is really excellent."

Kathryn Sharp
The University of Memphis

"I think the casepoints, websites, and examples of assessments would be helpful for pre-service teachers. This text would also be a good reference for teachers who are in the field due to its many resources."

Beth Satterfield
West Virginia University

"It gives a comprehensive view of assessment that is easily understood. It delineates the issues surrounding assessment in a way that makes it possible for students to get the big picture. It helps them develop their own thinking about standardized and informal assessments."

Susan Johns
Saint Joseph College

I was slightly disappointed with the content of the book and the theoretical perspective adopted. I felt that the title reflected a socio-cultural approach!

Miss Alyson Lewis
Department of Educational Studies, Bath Spa University
May 12, 2016

Extremely comprehensive yet easy to read and understand

Ms Suzanne Cruz
School Of Education, Miami-Dade College-Iac
June 25, 2014

Robert J. Wright

Robert Wright earned a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania in 1966, and began teaching high school science. A few years later in 1969 he earned a Masters degree in school counseling from West Chester University and was employed as a public school counselor, first with high school students and later with middle school students. In 1974 he completed a doctorate (Ph.D.) in Educational Psychology with specializations in child & adolescent development and educational measurement from Temple University. As part of that degree he completed a clinical fellowship in rehabilitation counseling at Moss Hospital,... More About Author

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