Improving learning through Dynamic assessment

Venue: Irish Management Institute, Balally, Dundrum, Dublin
Date: 19th & 20th February 2018
Time: 9am – 4pm
Learning Credits : 8

Fees: €440 (10% discount for PSI members)


Rationale for Event:
To revisit briefly the theory underlying dynamic assessment, build upon existing skills, consider some of the key underpinning concepts and approaches, look at some materials used in dynamic assessment (DA), and consider issues relating to putting DA into practice, including feedback and report writing. Includes looking at video footage and real-life cases. Dynamic assessment is an assessment/intervention strategy which is primarily concerned with gathering qualitative information about how a child learns, in contrast to standardised (psychometric) assessment approaches and their primary concern with what a child has learnt. The how of the learning considers thinking skills (including metacognitive factors), affective factors, and the nature and amount of any intervention a child might require to become a more effective and efficient learner. In promoting a positive approach to children’s learning potential, it enables a conceptual shift away from some children with special educational needs to all children with learning needs.

Teaching Objectives:

  • Demonstrate an awareness of the theoretical basis of dynamic assessment
  • Understand some of the technical aspects involved in a dynamic assessment
  • Demonstrate an awareness of some commonly used dynamic assessment materials
  • Consider the feedback process to children, parents and teaching staff based on dynamic assessment

Qualifications and prior experience necessary:

Practicting educational psychologists, or EPs in training

Outline of Psychological Content:
Dynamic assessment by Eps; metacognitive strategies when working with children who have learning difficulties; children in assessment process (Consulting with Children); psychology of learning

Outline of Relevant Empirical Support/ Evidence base for this activity: 
Based on rich theoretical basis including theories of Vygotsky, Feuerstein and Bruner, specifically theories of mediated learning, structural cognitive modifiability and cognitive functioning. Empirical base includes wide range of publications that demonstrate effectiveness of dynamic assessment approaches. 

Method of Event Evaluation:
Questionnaire before and after course with self evaluation of knowledge and learning across a number of different areas including mathematical and statistical concepts, reliability and validity, interpretation of scores, test administration etc

Dr. Fraser Lauchlan - BA (Hons), Msc, Phd Educational Psychologist

€440 (10% discount for PSI members)

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