Assessment in early years education

Sen, Rekha Sharma and Bhargava, Shruti (2014) Assessment in early years education. Learning Curve (22). pp. 36-39.

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Assessment is an integral part of the education process. For most of us the word ‘assessment’ conjures images of an examination hall, marks and report card, and the look of dissatisfaction on the face of the elders as our marks often never matched the expectation they had of us. Fear and insecurity would perhaps be the emotions most commonly associated with the word ‘assessment’. This picture of assessment is a consequence of a product oriented approach to education which sees education as the means to slot a large number of individuals into a few neat categories – bright, average, dull or intelligent, average, failure. These labels, awarded early, become self-fulfilling and stick with the individual for the rest of her life, influencing her approach to tasks even when she is out of the education system, so to say. Education, instead of being a process of empowerment, divests the individual of self confidence and self esteem. And this process begins right from the early years education in a pre-school.

Item Type: Articles in APF Magazines
Authors: Sen, Rekha Sharma and Bhargava, Shruti
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Education, Early childhood education, Early childhood care and Educational
Subjects: Social sciences > Education
Divisions: Azim Premji University > University Publications > Learning Curve
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