This is the second post on early years assessment. The first is here.
Imagine the government decided they wanted children to be taught to be more loving. Perhaps the powers that be could decide to make teaching how to love statutory and tell teachers they should measure each child’s growing capacity to love.
Typical scene in the EYFS classroom – a teacher recording observational assessment.
There would be serious problems with trying to teach and assess this behaviour:
Definition: What is love? Does the word actually mean the same thing in different contexts? When I talk about ‘loving history’ am I describing the same thing (or ‘construct’) as when I ‘love my child’.
Transfer: Is ‘love’ something that universalises between contexts? For example if you get better at loving your sibling will that transfer to a love of friends, or school or learning geography?
Teaching: Do we know…
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