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Quality of monitoring child's developement and progress in planning and evaluating educational work in preschool

Simona Agrež Franko (2019) Quality of monitoring child's developement and progress in planning and evaluating educational work in preschool. MSc thesis.

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    Activities planned by preschool teachers should be based on observation of children, understanding of their development and progress. Preschool Curriculum (1999:18) defines understanding of child's development as essential for »defining the idea of preschool education« furthermore, issue whether a child should be recognized as an individual with inherent competence and abilities and as an active participant of his/her own development should be under constant professional scrutiny. Theoretical part of master's thesis presents the most important aspects of life and and work in preschool before Curriculum (1999) was adopted, it also presents the changes prompted by The White Paper On Education in the Republic of Slovenia (1995). I shall enlighten the view upon the development and learning of a child and explain the importance of active learning in an environment devised for stimulating the development of a »competent child« (Batistič Zorec, 2009: 37). I focused on the planning and evaluation process conducted by preschool teachers, with a specific emphasis on the obtaining of information about each individual child. I emphasized the importance of activities being planned after establishing and considering individual characteristics of children in a group, furthermore, I emphasized how important it is to provide appropriate support in accordance with child's development and to consider the importance of child's active involvement in the process of monitoring their own development (Batistič Zorec and Prosen, 2017). Master's thesis brings about the examination of how frequently and in what way preschool teachers plan and evaluate education process. Whereas teachers underline the importance of qualitative monitoring of child's development and progress, the analysis of lesson plans, evaluation and notes about children indicates many problems with the manner and the content of monitoring preschool teacher are still confronted with. However, it needs to be pointed out that there is a progress in the consideration of preschool teachers, especially in comparison with the research conducted by B. Kroflič et associates (2002), which placed evaluation at the very bottom of quality indicators. Preschool teachers included in my research highlighted the importance of cooperation with a preschool teacher in the same group, the role of school leadership and different ways and forms of parent-teacher cooperation. In order to collect data a descriptive method of qualitative research was employed. Data was obtained through analysis of documents such as lesson plans and education process evaluation, other notes on individual children and a semi-structured interview. I conducted this research in order to contribute to the higher quality of work in the area of preschool education process planning and evaluation. Findings should invite to critical thinking and serve as a support for autonomous decision-making of preschool teacher regarding the content and the importance of qualitative evaluation. I believe the findings could be useful for other education staff, especially school leadership and education counsellors as well as other professional workers, who have the opportunity to direct and educate preschool teachers in this area of expertise.

    Item Type: Thesis (MSc thesis)
    Keywords: kindergarten, education
    Number of Pages: 76
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    doc. dr. Marcela Batistič-ZorecMentor
    Link to COBISS: https://plus.cobiss.si/opac7/bib/12320585
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 5593
    Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2019 14:23
    Last Modified: 18 Feb 2019 14:23
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/5593

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