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Learning and assessment in Australia

McArdle, Felicity A. (2006) Learning and assessment in Australia. In New, Rebecca & Cochran, Moncrieff (Eds.) Early Childhood Education : An International Encyclopedia. Praeger Publishers, Westport, Conn, pp. 909-913.

Abstract

Camp Kilda (CK) is regarded as being a quality early childhood center, and has many features you would typically expect to see in settings across Australia. The children are busily engaged in hands-on activity, playing indoors and outdoors, in the sandpit, under the shade of a big mango tree. The learning environment is planned to offer a variety of activities, including dramatic play, climbing equipment, balls, painting, drawing, clay, books, blocks, writing materials, scissors, manipulative materials. The children are free to access all the materials, and they play either individually or in small groups. The teachers encourage and stimulate the children’s learning, through interactions and thoughtful planning. Learning and assessment at CK is embedded within the cultural and social contexts of the children and their community. Children’s learning is made visible through a rich variety of strategies, including recorded observations, work samples, photographs, and other artifacts. Parents are actively encouraged to build on these “stories” of their children. Planning is based around the teachers’ analysis of the information they gather daily as they interact with the children and their families.

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ID Code: 54846
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Early childhood education, Play-based programs, Learning methods, Assessment, Early childhood curriculum
ISBN: 0313341435
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori) (130102)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Education Assessment and Evaluation (130303)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Praeger Publishers
Deposited On: 19 Nov 2012 14:40
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2013 13:08

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