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ARCHIVE: January, 2014

Developmentally Appropriate Practice and Direct Child Assessment: Are they compatible?

I am asked often, “Is it a violation of developmentally appropriate practice to ask a preschool-age child questions about his/her knowledge in a testing situation?”

This question may be common because direct child assessment can have a negative connotation for young children. Some testing situations are: time-intensive, which makes them uncomfortable; conducted by professionals who may not have a lot of experience working with young children; and, somewhat unnatural in that many young children do not often find themselves sitting one-on-one with an adult in a structured setting. But, what if testing is conducted in a manner that addresses these concerns?

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