Learning Stories and Teacher Inquiry Groups: Re-imagining Teaching and Assessment in Early Childhood Education
Published by: National Association for the Education of Young Ch
Imprint: The National Association for the Education of Youn
Enhance your professional development and partner with children and families to improve learning experiences in a range of early childhood settings and programs.
Learn how to integrate the Learning Stories approach and teacher inquiry groups to promote authentic assessment to inform instruction, and foster collegial team building and collaboration. The writing of Learning Stories integrated within the professional development process of teacher inquiry, documentation, and reflection offers a new model of professional support and a method for reaching out to children and families.
The Learning Stories approach is used primarily with children from birth through age 8, and educators in classrooms and programs, administrators, professional development specialists, instructional coaches, and teacher educators can benefit from this approach.
Within this book, you’ll find
- Extensive examples linking Learning Stories and teacher inquiry groups
- Key ideas, strategies, and reflection questions
- Information on how Learning Stories can supplement assessment tools such as QRIS, DRDP, and CLASS
- Resources and approaches for starting your own inquiry group
An online study guide accompanies the book. (See inside for information.) Use this handy guide in a college or university course, your professional learning community, or your own book club with colleagues.
Chapter 1: The Power of Teacher Inquiry Groups: Linking Inquiry, Documentation, and Reflection
Chapter 2: Learning Stories as an Approach and Framework for Authentic Assessment and Critical Pedagogy
Chapter 3: Identifying and Creating Learning Stories
Chapter 4: Integrating Inquiry and Learning Stories for Socialization, Play, and Language
Chapter 5: Integrating Inquiry and Learning Stories for Equitable Learning Opportunities
Chapter 6: Family Engagement and Learning Stories: Inclusion of Diverse Voices
Appendix A: Learning Stories Can Supplement Various Assessment Tools
Appendix B: Resources and Approaches for Starting Your Own Inquiry Group
About the Authors
This valuable and constructive book provides an approach to professional development and assessment in education that will both excite and inform. Teacher inquiry is closely linked to Learning Stories, providing vivid opportunities for teachers to deepen their understanding of learning.
Margaret Carr, Emeritus Professor, University of Waikato, and , Director, Educational Leadership Project, Aotearoa, New Zealand
What a wonderful book! Learning Stories provide an innovative avenue for reclaiming the voices of teachers, children, and families. The power of Learning Stories is that they create a sensitive dialogue that enhances and sustains teachers’ relationships with all who care about the education of young children. This book will be a great addition to the NAEYC family of fine publications. ~Andrew Stremmel, Professor of Early Childhood Education