ERIC Number: EJ1116850
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Helping Early Childhood Educators to Understand and Assess Young Children's Mathematical Minds
Ginsburg, Herbert P.
ZDM: The International Journal on Mathematics Education, v48 n7 p941-946 Nov 2016
This issue of "ZDM Mathematics Education" focuses on the formative assessment of young children's mathematical thinking, with an emphasis on computer-based approaches drawing upon on cognitive and educational research. The authors discuss several different assessment methods, including clinical interviewing, observation, and testing, that are appropriate for children from about 3-8 years of age, and that can provide information useful for the improvement of teaching. This paper begins with a discussion of principles underlying this work and then introduces the paper topics and authors. The paper concludes by projecting a future in which professional development provides a sound basis for formative assessment; in which formative assessment is central to education; and in which the need for standard achievement tests is largely eliminated.
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Mathematics Education, Young Children, Student Evaluation, Evaluation Methods, Mathematics Skills, Computer Assisted Testing, Interviews, Observation, Mathematics Tests, Faculty Development, Formative Evaluation, Standardized Tests, Achievement Tests
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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