ERIC Number: ED439855
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
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Linking Standards and Engaged Learning in the Early Years.
Helm, Judy Harris; Gronlund, Gaye
Early Childhood Research & Practice, v2 n1 Spr 2000
Early childhood educators are increasingly concerned about the trend toward national standards and national testing. This article addresses issues of assessment in the early years of schooling, prekindergarten through third grade--a period when active, engaged, hands-on learning is most appropriate. Documentation of a kindergarten project on a turtle is presented to show how a science content standard is attained and how evidence is gathered that demonstrates the attainment of those skills inherent in the standard. The article then presents a framework for helping teachers and administrators to think about standards and the documentation of attainment of standards in ways that are compatible with how young children learn. The documentation procedures are especially compatible with approaches to learning that encourage student initiation and interest, such as the Project Approach. Three drawings, 2 photographs, and 4 figures present works of the children's projects. (Contains 13 references.) (Author/LPP)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Classroom Observation Techniques, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Documentation, Early Childhood Education, Educational Assessment, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Kindergarten, National Standards, Primary Education, Science Education, Student Evaluation, Student Projects, Teaching Methods
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