ECEL 505: Observation and Inquiry in Early Childhood and Elementary Setting
Provides students with the tools to identify and implement sound and authentic assessment strategies in early childhood and elementary classrooms. Students will be introduced to formal and informal assessment processes, tools, and strategies related to documentation and assessment techniques that are appropriate to the age and experiences of children. Emphasis will be on authentic assessment methods including the use of rubrics, portfolios, conferences, and self- and peer-assessment. Additional forms of assessment including running records, anecdotal records, checklists, rating scales, and children's work samples as well as standardized tests will be examined. The relationship among ongoing assessment to plan instructional practice and to evaluate the progress and needs of children in early childhood and elementary settings will be a main focus. Fieldwork is required. 3 hours lecture, 1 hour other.
Prerequisites: Three years of early childhood and/or elementary teaching experience.