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Multifaceted Assessment for Early Childhood Education

Multifaceted Assessment for Early Childhood Education

November 2009 | 360 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

An engaging examination of current issues and practices involved in assessing young children

A highly readable integration of the latest assessment practices and policies, this text includes valuable information regarding young children with special needs and English language learners—topics that are insufficiently addressed in other assessment texts. Focusing on practical applications of key concepts, Multifaceted Assessment for Early Childhood Education provides a knowledge base of what every early childhood teacher should know about assessing young children.

Key Features

  • Comprehensive coverage examines the full range of assessments, including formative, summative, authentic, and standardized.
  • Cases in Point provide practical implications and examples from real life.
  • Objectives for Learning alert students as to central concepts and provide guidance for reading and studying.
  • Discussion Questions encourage analysis and class discussions, promoting higher order thinking on the topics.

Password-protected instructor resources, available at, feature PowerPoint slides, a test bank, Internet resources, and additional activities.

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

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