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ERIC Number: EJ793263
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 13
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 73
ISSN: ISSN-1534-5084
Assessment of Young Children from Culturally Diverse Backgrounds: A Journey in Progress
Notari-Syverson, Angela; Losardo, Angela; Lim, Young Sook
Assessment for Effective Intervention, v29 n1 p39-51 2003
Alternative assessment approaches to standardized, norm-reference tests are increasingly recommended as best practice for assessing young children, especially those from minority backgrounds. This article discusses the cultural biases of traditional assessment approaches used with preschool- and kindergarten age-children, arguing for the need to broaden assessment practices to meet the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse populations. Four alternative approaches are described that can be integrated into everyday routines and can draw on the observations and interactions with children and families. These approaches are discussed in terms of their relevance to children and families with vastly different backgrounds within a transdisciplinary framework. Recommendations are provided for professionals who wish to adopt these approaches.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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