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ERIC Number: ED463876
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Dec
Pages: 11
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Parental Involvement in Child Assessment: A Dynamic Approach.
SeokHoon, Alice Seng
This paper examines the status of parents in the developmental assessment process and considers how involving parents jointly with the professional to assess their young child may yield more accurate and valuable information. The paper explores the use of a mediated learning experience (MLE) approach as a framework for increasing support for parental involvement in the assessment process. It is suggested that changes occurring in a child's environment are potentially effective if these changes include learning experiences mediated by an adult. Criteria of mediated learning experiences are described: intentionality and reciprocity, transcendence, meaning, feelings of competence, self-regulation, sharing behavior, individuation and psychological differentiation, goal planning, challenge, and self-change. Nine cases of children's behavior, ranging from separation anxiety to avoidance of school tasks, were discussed by 25 Singapore parents working in groups in a 3-day workshop to introduce the concepts of MLE and their relationship to behavior identification and management. One case is highlighted as an example. The paper notes that the Singapore parents identified academic tasks as major concerns in their daily mediational activities. The paper concludes by noting that the approach to assessment presented here has implications for working with parents and for training of professionals who work with them. (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Singapore