Dynamic Assessment in Practice: Clinical and Educational Applications

Cambridge University Press
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Dynamic assessment embeds interaction within the framework of a test-intervene-retest approach to psychoeducational assessment. This book offers an introduction to diagnostic assessors in psychology, education, and speech/language pathology to the basic ideas, principles, and practices of dynamic assessment. Most importantly, the book presents an array of specific procedures developed and used by the authors that can be applied to clients of all ages in both clinical and educational settings. The authors discuss their approach to report-writing, with a number of examples to demonstrate how they incorporate dynamic assessment into a comprehensive approach to assessment. The text concludes with a discussion of issues and questions that need to be considered and addressed. Two appendixes include descriptions of additional tests used by the authors that are adapted for dynamic assessment, as well as information about dynamic assessment procedures developed by others and sources for additional information about this approach.
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H. Carl Haywood is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Vanderbilt University and Professor of Neurology at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine from 1971 until 1993. He was also founding Dean of the Graduate School of Education and Psychology at Touro College in New York, where he instituted graduate programs based heavily on cognitive development and cognitive education. He has published extensively on cognitive education and dynamic assessment, as well as mental retardation, intrinsic motivation, development of intelligence and cognitive abilities, and neuropsychology.

Carol S. Lidz held faculty positions in psychology at Temple University and the Graduate School of Education of Touro College where she designed and directed the school psychology program. In 2004, she joined Freidman Associates, where she provided school neuropsychological assessments of children with learning disorders. She is the author of books, chapters and articles on dynamic assessment and assessment of pre-school children.

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Cambridge University Press
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Published on
Dec 18, 2006
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Pages
6
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ISBN
9781139462075
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Language
English
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Genres
Education / Educational Psychology
Psychology / General
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A new guide to conducting more comprehensive and meaningfulpsychological assessments of young children

Early Childhood Assessment presents a thorough, step-by-stepapproach to the comprehensive psychological assessment of youngchildren. In addition to covering major psychological tests, thisinvaluable resource includes specific guidelines and formats forinterviewing parents and other caregivers, observing children andcaregiver-child interaction, conducting dynamic assessments,writing reports, and evaluating outcomes of recommendedinterventions.

Dr. Lidz's approach encourages a broad range of observation with anoverarching objective of completing a picture of the "whole" child,from family life to social-emotional and neuropsychologicalfunctioning. She leads the reader through each step of acomprehensive assessment, touching on the major data sourcesnecessary for a full understanding of the child within differentenvironments. Throughout the book, Dr. Lidz advocates bestassessment practices that reflect the interests of children andfamilies.

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