`This book examines the literacy development and assessment of children before the age of five years. It is highly relevant to all those professionally involved in assessment. Cathy Nutbrown explores the need for appropriate assessment practice to support teachers and illustrates the mismatch between the way teachers and researchers assess literacy. The book is worth buying for the final chapter alone, which provides an analysis of the newly developed Sheffield Early Literacy Development Profile. The actual tasks are included in the appendices. Thus, Cathy Nutbrown does not leave us frustrated. We are able to consider an ongoing assessment which is in tune with the best practice in teaching. This is a research text which b

A New Measure for Research in Early Literacy Development

A new measure for research in early literacy development

There is a richness of thinking about the purpose of assessment and the range of materials used by teachers confirms the argument that researchers, not teachers, are behind in the field as far as measurement of early literacy is concerned. If the problem was imagined in terms of a marathon race, teachers' knowledge and assessment practice would be three quarters of the way through the course whilst researchers would be still completing their entry form (or deciding whether to run or not!).

The urgent need is clear. Instruments to assess early literacy development must be devised that will enable researchers to measure children's emergent and developmental literacy in terms ...

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