Authors Jie-Qi Chen and Gillian Dowley McNamee
Published by Corwin Press (2007), ISBN: 978-1-4129-5010-7
Book Review by Lisa M. Gruenhagen, Ph.D.
Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Music Education
Hartwick College, Oneonta, New York
Rich, authentic, and playful experiences in early childhood provide a strong foundation for learning. Ongoing assessment, in everyday context, that informs planning and teaching is key to supporting children’s learning. In Chen and Dowley McNamee introduce an assessment process, grounded in research and piloted by practitioners, that merges curriculum planning, implementation, and authentic assessment to create a holistic, performance-based approach.
Bridging is a curriculum-embedded planning and assessment tool designed to help early childhood teachers uncover children’s understanding, construct individual learning profiles, and use this knowledge to inform their planning and teaching. It consists of 15 activities in five curricular areas – language arts and literacy,…