Assessing Early Development: The Monitoring and Observation for Development of Early Learning (MODEL) Approach

19th February 2019 : 17:00 - 18:30

Category: Seminar

Speaker: Dr Steven Howard (School of Education, University of Wollongong)

Location: Seminar Room K/L, Bruner Building C, Department of Education

Convener: Alex Hodgkiss

A part of the Child Development and Learning (CDL) seminar series

Several methods for assessing young children’s emerging capacities (e.g., executive function, self-regulation, numeracy) have been developed over previous decades. Yet new technologies make available methods of assessment not previously considered. In resolving conceptual and pragmatic limitations of existing tools, we developed the Early Years Toolbox (EYT) to offer substantial advantages for early assessment of language, executive function, self-regulation, and social development. Results across multiple studies, thousands of children, and multiple continents are suggestive of considerably enhanced opportunities for objective measurement of young children’s abilities, enabling research and educational applications. This presentation will discuss the Early Years Toolbox approach to assessment, including some as-yet-unpublished new tools, approaches, possibilities and findings in early assessment.

About the Department of Education

In 2019, the University of Oxford’s Department of Education celebrates the 100th year since the passing of a statute creating what was known in 1919 as the University Department for the Training of Teachers. To celebrate our centenary a year-long series of activities will be delivered to address some of the department’s top initiatives for 2019, answer some of the big questions facing education today and to reveal the advancements the department has made to the study of and research in the field of education. Join us as we mark our 100th year and discover more about our anniversary here.

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