ERIC Number: ED301581
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Jul-25
Providing Inservice to School Psychologists on Normal Child Development (Zero to Eight) as a Means of Increasing the Use of Alternative Evaluation Techniques.
Jackson, Thomas C.
This practicum provides school psychologists (SPs) with information on child development as a means of heightening the SP's awareness of the importance of using alternative assessment strategies with young children. The second aim was to introduce the concept of an ecological assessment by increasing the use of classroom observation, parent/teacher interviews, developmental and medical histories, and frequent monitoring as techniques used in evaluating children from birth to age 8 years. Responses to the Child Development Questionnaire (CDQ), critiques of three SP-made case studies, and reviews of psycho/educational reports to determine whether SPs have begun using alternative assessment tools were analyzed. It was determined that alternatives to standardized assessment instruments should be introduced. An inservice program was created using videotapes to increase the SP's awareness of children's cognitive and social development and the importance of play. Each inservice session was preceded by distribution of a handout introducing the topic of the videotape and reviewing the previous session. Results of the practicum indicate that SPs increased their awareness of child development; ecological evaluation; and alternative assessment strategies in working with preschoolers, kindergartners, and first graders. However, participants indicated some disappointment based upon their expectations. The pre- and post-inservice psycho/educational report reviews, the CDQ, three sample case studies, a videotape listing, "Consider with Me" handouts, and an inservice program calendar are appended. (TJH)
Descriptors: Alternative Assessment, Case Studies, Child Development, Classroom Observation Techniques, Ecology, Evaluation Methods, Inservice Education, Medical Case Histories, Parent Teacher Conferences, Practicums, Preschool Education, Primary Education, Professional Development, School Psychologists, Student Evaluation, Videotape Recordings, Young Children
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Nova Univ., Fort Lauderdale. Center for the Advancement of Education.
Note: Much of text is in small print. Ed.D. Practicum Report, Nova University.