ERIC Number: ED367950
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
From Curriculum to Competent Children: The Decade of Quality?
Working out assessment philosophy and practices takes time, as the team members working on the "Competent Children" research project in New Zealand have found out during the first 18 months of the project. It is imperative that those with expertise in early childhood care and education insist on developmentally appropriate assessment practice and know why they are arguing for such practices. The "Competent Children" project's goal is to find out more about the influences of early childhood experiences on children's competencies as they enter school. The two strands of influences are family background and early childhood care and education. Attempts to align the project with the aims and goals of the National Curriculum have been made. Rather than focusing on only one or two competencies, the Competent Children project will study numerous competencies (including early literacy, logical reasoning, communication skills, and social problem-solving) and end up with numerous sets of results because no one instrument to measure holistic learning holistically has been developed. It is not possible to offer high quality early childhood care and education without assessment; but, though difficult, assessment guidelines need to be worked on by early childhood educators. (Contains 11 references.) (RS)
Descriptors: Alternative Assessment, Early Childhood Education, Emergent Literacy, Evaluation Methods, Evaluation Problems, Foreign Countries, Holistic Evaluation, National Curriculum, Program Descriptions, Research Methodology, Student Evaluation, Young Children
Information Service, New Zealand Council for Educational Research, P.O. Box 3237, Wellington, New Zealand.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Educational Issues; New Zealand
Note: Paper presented at the Early Childhood National Curriculum Conference (Christchurch, New Zealand, October 29-31, 1993).