Assessment Techniques for Prospective Early Childhood Education Teachers: A Comparative Investigational Study in Greece and Cyprus

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Assessment Techniques for Prospective Early Childhood Education Teachers: A Comparative Investigational Study in Greece and Cyprus

June 29, 2021 Social Science 0

Assessment in preschool education is a multi-dimensional, intricate, ongoing, and dynamic process that necessitates the use of appropriate, innovative, effective, and alternative techniques because it benefits all entities involved in the educational process by providing a clear and visible picture of all the true dimensions of learning, functioning, and development. The current investigational approach’s goal is to scrutinize the assessment. Techniques used by prospective educators in preschool education during their internships not only in Greece, but also in Cyprus. More specifically, a comparative study between the two groups was sought in order to establish not only their perspectives on the issue under discussion, but also the types of techniques chosen, as well as the frequency with which they are implemented. The structured self-report questionnaire, which included both closed-ended and explanatory open-ended questions, was used as a research tool. The research data emphasize the importance of assessment in preschool education and favor screening of children’s development as the basic actualization of assessment. Furthermore, future instructors demonstrated a positive attitude and awareness of alternative assessment techniques, as well as recognition of their effectiveness in Kindergarten, despite their final limited actual implementation. Despite the limitations of the study, the findings serve as a springboard for further research on the subject, allowing for proposals and hypotheses pertaining to University Curricula in Early Childhood Education faculties on the enhancement of To be posed is the practical implementation of alternative assessment techniques into preschool education.

Author (S) Details

Maria Sakellariou
Department of Pre-School Education, University of Ioannina, Greece.

Polyxeni Mitsi
Department of Pre-School Education, University of Ioannina, Greece.

Panagiota Strati
Department of Pre-School Education, University of Ioannina, Greece.

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