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Improving Learning Through Dynamic Assessment is a practical tool for helping to assess and support children aged 4+ with learning challenges based on an innovative approach.
Contrasting with traditional "static" assessment methods, this resource enables educational psychologists and related professionals to involve the child actively in the process of assessment - allowing them to measure not just what the child has learnt, but also how the child learns, how responsive they are to attempts to intevene, and what is holding them back from learning. It outlines the relevant theory and offers a staged assessment process to follow, with strategies for assessing cognitive and affective capacity. The resource contains all you need to carry out dynamic assessment, featuring photocopiable activities, checklists, handouts for teachers/parents to use with children and training materials which explain the approach in terms understandable to all participating adults.
The first practical resource on how to carry out this popular and innovative form of assessment, Improving Learning through Dynamic Assessment is an important resource for educational psychologists, speech and language therapists, special educational needs coordinators (SENCOs), specialist support teachers and other professionals working with children with learning challenges.
"This will be an excellent resource for educational psychologists and fellow professionals for carrying out the sometimes complex ideas underpinning the dynamic assessment approach. Highly recommended."--Dr Simon Gibbs, Reader in Educational Psychology, Program Director for Initial Training in Educational Psychology (DAppEdPsy), Newcastle University, UK
"Lauchlan and Carrigan have managed to do something that many attempt, and fail. They have produced a very usable book which bridges the gap between theory and practice in applied psychology. For too long dynamic assessment remained in the hands of academics and it always sounded like a good idea but in practice there was little guidance for practitioners to make the move from the more traditional forms of cognitive assessment to a dynamic approach. I cannot recommend this book highly enough and it should be in the hands of all practising educational (school) psychologists."--Dr Chris Boyle, Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Inclusive Education, Monash University, Australia
Fraser Lauchlan is an experienced educational psychologist and owner of Fraser Lauchlan Associates, which offers training and consultancy work relating to educational psychology. He is honorary lecturer at the School of Psychological Sciences and Health, University of Strathclyde, Scotland, and is Visiting Professor at the University of Cagliari, Sardinia. He divides his time between the UK and Italy.
Donna Carrigan is a Senior Educational Psychologist based in South Lanarkshire, Scotland, and co-author of the Framework of Assessment and Intervention for Resilience (FAIR).