Evaluation and Assessment Systems in the emergent curriculum classrooms (Coursework Sample)
Early Childhood Education Emergent Curriculum Prompt:
Step #1: Read the article of “John Dewey and the Social Studies Curriculum” by Kieran Egan
Step #2: Read the PDF file of “The Development of a More Intelligent Citizenship”: John Dewey and the Social Studies by James J. Carpenter.
Step #3: Now consider the evaluation and assessment in the emergent classrooms. Read the following passage:
“Assessment systems should be specifically designed to measure whether learning objectives are being reached, engage children in meaningful tasks within a realistic context, and document changes over time.”
Step #4: After reading the articles on John Dewey and after reading the passage above… now I want you to answer the following question in four different sections below.
Question: Do you think that an emergent program is designed to measure specific learning objectives?
Now the way I want you answer the question above is to discuss the following four sections. Consider writing one paragraph for each section.
* Section #1: Discuss assessment systems for example you can discuss formal assessments and connect it to the emergent curriculum or you can discuss formal assessments vs informal assessments by describing the difference between the two of them.
*Section #2: Now, reflect on discussing realistic context.
(CLASS NOTE #1: The teacher said the following in the class notes in regards to this section: "For instance in reflecting in discussing the realistic content I am going to give you all an example. First, think of the children playing in the dramatic play area. In my case the children decide that they want to cook a meal and they start to pretend they are making food and a child states he likes apples. Therefore, the teacher in the emergent curriculum classroom starts building up the interest in the child by asking them if red is the only kind of apple. Meanwhile, the children responded that there are many kinds of different colored apples. Then the teacher asked them what kinds of foods can be made with apples? The children then respond apple pie, apple sauce, and caramel apples. Now, that the teacher collaborated with the children’s interests and ask the children if apples have seeds in them? Therefore your next step to build the children’s interest is to actually bring in apples into the classroom so the children can discover for themselves therefore apple is realistic content that is available to them.
*Now that you know about realistic context reflect on something different that realistic context for the children that is part of their world in Southern California, for example you can mention rain, or what does the sun do for us other than makes us hot? Or how do plants grow?. Therefore choose something realistic to the children in Southern California but don’t choose snow as it doesn’t snow in southern California as not all children have experienced snow. Therefore, think of something that all children can experience or have experienced and can either see it, feel it, or smell it")
(NOTE TO ESSAY WRITER: I think for the realistic content a good topic to use that the children can see, feel and smell are plants. Therefore, to make it easier on you I think you should choose plants and just give an example like the teacher did above with apples.
*Section #3: Discuss Documentation over time.
Here you discuss the process over time for example before and after pictures. In the case that you use plants, you discuss of pictures of when the children first planted the plant using seeds and dirt, then pictures of the next activity when the children watered the plant, then pictures of the next activity when the children pour plant food for the plant. So if the children are going to plant in a cup how many seeds to the children put in the cup with dirt?. Therefore discuss what documentation you would use with what you chose in section 2.
*Section#4: Reflect on the formatting of emergent curriculum such as the continuous cycle in emergent curriculum. For example, reflect on the process and what is the most important part of the continuous cycle, and what part gives teacher’s challenges?
(CLASS NOTE #2: if you need to review the continuous cycle then re-read Chapter 1 of the book titled “The Unscripted Classroom: Emergent Curriculum in Action” by Susan Stacey which talks about the continuous cycle.
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* Must answer the question in sections so for each section consider writing one paragraph and your responses must well organized in paragraph format such as a minimum of 5 sentences per paragraph.
* Therefore, two sections should cover about one page, as a result you should have approximately 2 pages
* Must be in Times New Roman Font Size 12
* Must be in APA format
* Must have a minimum of two different APA citations and two references. (In this case you can use the articles of article of “John Dewey and the Social Studies Curriculum” by Kieran Egan, and the article of The Development of a More Intelligent Citizenship”: John Dewey and the Social Studies by James J. Carpenter and you can also include the book of “The Unscripted Classroom: Emergent Curriculum in Action” by Susan Stacey as one of your references but make sure to cited properly in your paragraphs.
* Must have a reference page.
Notes to the Writer:
* I included the word document featuring the article of "John Dewey and the Social Studies Curriculum" by Kieran Egan
* I included the PDF file of The Development of a More Intelligent Citizenship”: John Dewey and the Social Studies by James J. Carpenter.
* I included screenshots of Chapter 1 of the book titled “The Unscripted Classroom: Emergent Curriculum in Action” by Susan Stacey
* Feel free to include other references if you need to.
Thank you for your time
Evaluation and Assessment Systems in the Emergent Curriculum Classrooms
Evaluation and Assessment Systems in the Emergent Curriculum Classrooms
Assessments are divided into two main categories: formal and informal. Formal assessments contain data that support the conclusions drawn from the test. Such kinds of tests are usually referred to as standardized measures. According to Nxumalo, Vintimilla & Nelson (2018), They are usually have been tried on students beforehand and contain statistics supporting the conclusion, for instance, the student’s reading ability is below average for her age. This data is then computed and presented in a summary form. Formal assessments usually contain scores such as standard scores, stanines or percentiles.
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