Rethinking assessments : Creating a new tool using the Zone of Proximal Development within a cultural-historical framework

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Minson, V. J., Hammer, M. and Veresov, N.. (2016). Rethinking assessments : Creating a new tool using the Zone of Proximal Development within a cultural-historical framework. Cultural-Historical Psychology. 12(3), pp. 331-345. https://doi.org/10.17759/chp.2016120320
AuthorsMinson, V. J., Hammer, M. and Veresov, N.
Abstract

This paper presents a picture of the current theoretical positions and methods used to assess children’s development. A maturational understanding of development is seen to be predominately used to inform the assessment tools which track how children develop across the 0—5 age group. This paper proposes that with the movement towards a cultural-historical understanding of development, a tool following from this standpoint should be developed. It is envisaged that a new assessment tool will be developed from this analysis. A theoretical rationale is given to support why the Zone of Proximal Development can be used to identify the indicators of children’s actual and potential levels of development, moving away from age/level based testing. Developing an assessment tool aligned to the principles of the ZPD can offer alternative method to assess children’s development in a theoretically robust way, providing empirical evidence to rethink the methodologies of child development assessments

Keywordscultural-historical theory; developmental assessments; Zone of Proximal Development; genetic research methodology
Year2016
JournalCultural-Historical Psychology
Journal citation12 (3), pp. 331-345
PublisherMoskovskii Gorodskoi Psikhologo-Pedagogicheskii Universitet
ISSN1816-5435
2224-8935
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.17759/chp.2016120320
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Page range331-345
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