Alternative Approaches to Assessing Young Children, Second Edition

Alternative Approaches to Assessing Young Children, Second Edition

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In today's climate of increased accountability and diversity, alternative assessments for young children are more important than ever. That's why the timely NEW edition of this bestselling textbook is a must for all educators as they prepare to work with children who are culturally, linguistically, or developmentally diverse.

Developed by top authorities in early childhood special education and widely adopted since its first edition was published in 2001, this introductory text has been carefully updated to reflect 10 years of evolution in demographics, research, technology, and legislation. Pre- and in-service educators of children birth8 years will:

learn about six popular alternative assessment methods: naturalistic, focused, performance, portfolio, dynamic, and curriculum-based language

explore the advantages and limitations of each approach

effectively link assessment with intervention [NEW CHAPTER!]

get clear and specific guidelines for before, during, and after assessment

collaborate and reach consensus with families

see assessment methods in action with vivid vignettes of children with diverse needs

discover successful strategies for teaching in inclusive environments

implement a transdisciplinary framework to ensure comprehensive, multidimensional assessment approaches

With the improved student-friendly featuressuch as chapter review questions, in-depth case studies, a glossary, and a new sample syllabuscollege and university instructors will find this text ideal for introducing preservice educators to the fundamentals of alternative assessments. And the NEW CD-ROM makes this book an invaluable resource beyond the classroom, with more than 2 dozen printable forms for data collection, observation, progress monitoring, IEP/IFSP development, and more.

Grounded in the most current research and best practices, this essential new edition will help pre- and in-service educators capture the full picture of all young children's strengths and needs and provide them with appropriate, individualized instruction.

What's NEW?
CD-ROM with 25 printable PDF forms

Practical chapter on linking assessment and intervention

Current information on newer models such as RTI

Thorough analysis of recent population change

Helpful review questions and answer keys

Sample course syllabus

Updates on legislation, including the IDEA reauthorization

Information related to psychometric properties of standardized tests

Additional Information

Author A. Losardo, A. N. Syverson
Publisher Brookes
Publication Date 2011
Edition 2nd
Pages 272
ISBN13 9781598570878