ERIC Number: ED445922
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Jan
Authentic Assessment of Young Children's Developing Concepts in Mathematics and Science.
McNair, Shannan; Thomson, Margaret; Williams, Ruth
Paper and pencil tests rarely assess children's developing mathematical and scientific concepts validly. There are, however, a number of authentic and meaningful ways to assess these processes. Anecdotal notes--recorded observations of children that concern what they say and do--reveal a considerable amount about these developing concepts. Drawings, paintings, constructions, and dramatizations illustrate in creative ways what a child knows. Children's journal writing, field note reports, and demonstrations are also thoughtful approaches to embedding assessment in the curriculum. This paper presents the experiences of graduate students in a masters degree program in early childhood education with assessing children's learning using a combination of those strategies: anecdotal notes, drawings, paintings, constructions, and dramatizations; and children's journal writing, field note reports, and demonstrations. (ASK)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Australia and New Zealand Conference on the First Years of School (7th, Canberra, Australia, January 1998).