Pekis Anastasios: Exploring the kindergarten teachers’ views about the infants’ assessment in preschool education

Abstract

One of the key features in the educational process which can bring, through appropriate methods and techniques, positive results for the tutor, the child and the educational process, in general, is the infants’ evaluation during preschool education. This study was designed to explore the kindergarten teachers’ perspectives upon the infants’ assessment in preschool education. In order to achieve the objectives of the study, a research survey was conducted, during which a small-scale questionnaire was given to a convenience sample of 79 kindergarten teachers working in the public kindergartens in Chania. According to the results, significant deficiencies in   kindergarten teachers’ training were observed. However, the importance of evaluation in the kindergarten, using alternative forms of assessment, such as the systematic observation and the portfolio was acknowledged by the kindergarten teachers. Portfolio itself is a major methodological tool, but it seems that the teachers are unaware of its organization; instead, the documentation of the children’s schoolwork is deemed to be the portfolio. The need for extra training during their studies in the Departments of Education and possibly through seminars is also pointed out by the teachers. In conclusion, the infants’ evaluation has been accepted by kindergarten teachers, as it is greatly conducive to the teaching and learning process

 
MENON: Journal Of Educational Research, http://www.kosmit.uowm.gr/site/journal (ISSN: 1792-8494)
Full article: ISSUE 2a, 2013 (p. 42-56)