Objectivity and Subjectivity in Assessment

Objectivity and subjectivity in assessment refers to the nature of data gathered through an assessment process. Objectivity defines information that is collected through measuring, observing, and examining facts. Subjectivity describes information that is based on personal views, opinion, or value judgments. Some researchers view objectivity and subjectivity as opposites, while others suggest that they are at either end of a continuum. All assessments fall somewhere on this range. Typical assessments in early childhood include observational assessments, analysis of children’s work, developmental screenings, and standardized tests, to name a few. Every assessment will have some characteristic of objectivity and subjectivity. This entry describes both objectivity and subjectivity and the relationship of this continuum to assessments in early childhood education.


Objectivity is the ability to see things without ...

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