“This book is written by one of the leading experts on assessment. It contains the deep knowledge and understanding that comes with knowing a subject inside out; but Jan Dubiel’s approach is very practical.” -Professor Tina Bruce CBE, University of Roehampton How we assess our youngest children is a vital part of early years practice. The new edition of Jan Dubiel’s bestselling book offers a clear explanation of the role of assessment in the revised Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), and step-by-step guidance for those working with children from birth to five on making and recording observations in practice. Updated throughout the second edition now features: • A brand new chapter on the History of the Baseline Assessment Policy • A companion website including access to SAGE journal articles, child observation videos and examples of completed assessments • Detailed guidance on the new Integrated Health and Education check at age two This book continues to help students and practitioners develop an evidence-based understanding of assessment and an appreciation of what constitutes effective assessment in early years settings.

What are the Purposes of Assessment?

What are the Purposes of Assessment?

This chapter will:

  • Explore the different ways assessment is presented and the range of uses to which it is applied
  • Provide a critical overview of the nature of measurement and data
  • Define and explore the nature of formative and summative assessment
  • Identify a range of terminology and language used in association with the uses of assessment information
  • Explore the nature of internal and external accountability in Early Years provision

So far we have established a definition of assessment as an ongoing pedagogical behaviour that importantly underpins, defines and embodies values and beliefs about children and their learning. Its impact on shaping that understanding, and the content and approach to curriculum and pedagogy, has also been explored.

It is now necessary ...

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