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Volume 4, Number 2 - October 2015


Assessment practices within New Zealand early childhood settings

In recent years, the main form of assessment being used in early childhood education is formative assessment. Often referred to as ‘assessment for learning,’ formative assessment assesses children within the context of their everyday learning experiences, and understandings gained are used as the basis for future teaching and learning (Broadfoot, 2007; Hargreaves, 2007). In early childhood education (ECE) in Aotearoa/New Zealand, meaningful assessment may be happening when teachers assess children’s significant learning experiences and develop possible future learning experiences with children, parents, families/whānau and other teachers.

 

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