Project Spectrum was a 10-year research initiative dedicated to the development of an innovative approach to assessment and curriculum for the preschool and early primary grades. Guided by David Feldman’s conceptual framework of non-universal development and Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences, Spectrum’s work is based on the belief that each child exhibits a distinctive profile of cognitive abilities or a spectrum of intelligences. These intelligences are not fixed; rather, they can be enhanced by educational opportunities. The Spectrum approach to early education emphasizes the identification of young children’s areas of cognitive strengths and promotes use of this information to design educational support appropriate to individual children.

The Spectrum Assessment for Preschool Children

The Spectrum assessment consists of 15 activities in seven domains of knowledge: Language, math, ...

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