New Book Aims to Bridge Gap in Understanding of Early Childhood Assessment

Early childhood researchers from Australia and New Zealand have joined forces to co-author Children’s Learning and Development: contemporary assessment in the early year.

The book provides an introduction to early childhood learning, and explores the what, why and how of assessment for diverse learners. It explores assessment through historical theories, philosophies and beliefs, social and cultural contexts, individual differences, and provides information on current assessment tools.  

It also discusses how early years assessment is approached and understood within Australian and New Zealand frameworks and how we compare to international curriculum documents from countries such as the US, the UK, Sweden and Singapore.

Courtney Nicholls, Publishing Manager at Palgrave Macmillan said, ‘We are particularly excited about the release of this book. Not only does the extensive research undertaken by the authors bridge a large gap in the topic of early childhood assessment, but, given its explicit focus on the cognitive growth of young learners, Children’s Learning and Development: contemporary assessment in the early years offers readers a level of depth and expertise  rarely published in this field’.

With handy resources such as teacher reflections, case studies, reflection points, key terms and useful resources, Children’s Learning and Development is a must have resource for all early childhood education students and practitioners.

Children’s Learning and Development is co-authored by Prof Claire McLachlan (Massey University, New Zealand), Ass Prof Suzy Edwards, Dr Valerie Margrain and Dr Karen McLean (Australian Catholic University).

Published in July this year by Palgrave Macmillan, the book will formally be launched on 22 November at the Mary McKillop Heritage Centre in Melbourne.  

To order your copy of book, visit Palgrave Macmillan here.

About the Authors:
Claire McLachlan is Professor of Childhood Education at Massey University, New Zealand.
Susan Edwards is Associate Professor of Curriculum and Pedagogy in the Faculty of Education at Australian Catholic University.
Valerie Margrain is a Senior Lecturer and National Coordinator for Master of Teaching (Early Years) & Master of Early Childhood Education at Australian Catholic University.
Karen McLean is a Lecturer in Education at Australian Catholic University. She was awarded the 2012 Australian Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.