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A discussion about observation – how, what and why

In an online (freely available) journal called Early Childhood Research and Practice (edited by Lilian Katz, Jean Mendoza, and Susan Fowler), there is an article on ‘the importance of observation in early education’ (http://ecrp.uiuc.edu/v7n2/forman.html). Authors, George Forman & Ellen Hall, … Continue reading

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Photography is a tool of power

“Recently, photography has become almost as widely practiced an amusement as sex and dancing – which means that, like every mass art form, photography is not practiced by most people as an art. It is mainly a social rite, a … Continue reading

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Visual narratives – what role do they play in ECE?

I’m wondering what role photographs play in ECE… are they providing a useful visual narrative (for children? families? teachers?)? are they an assessment tool? a tool for planning? or are they performing some other (Foucauldian!) role? “A photograph is not … Continue reading

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Ipsative assessment

“Ipsative assessment refers to the ways in which teachers notice the progress of an individual student rather than comparing his or her achievement to that of others.  The point of comparison is the individual’s previous performance. See, for example, Te … Continue reading

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Assessment in ECE and alternatives to Learning Stories

Ken Blaiklock has expressed concern that “there is little empirical evidence that the widespread [and government funded] use of Learning Stories can be justified in terms of gains for children’s learning.” He has reflected critically (and publicly) on the Learning Story … Continue reading

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