The VCAA has published edited video highlights from recent Early Years Twilight Seminars held at the Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership.
Assessment of Children as Confident and Involved Learners videos, featuring Dr Jen Jackson (Mitchell Institute) and Dr Dan Cloney (Australian Council for Educational Research), support the professional learning resource,
Assessment of Children as Confident and Involved Learners in Early Childhood Education and Care: Literature Review.
In the videos, Jen and Dan discuss how most early childhood professionals use many types of assessment to monitor children's learning in formal and informal ways, including learning stories, diagnostic tests and spontaneous observations of changes in what children know and can do. Systematic observation of children is more purposeful: it begins with a clear understanding of what is being observed (the construct), and often uses a tried-and-tested tool or process that reliably captures information about that construct. Ideally, it enables early childhood professionals to see where children are on a continuum of learning, and is able to describe their progress over time.
Exploring the Swedish Context of Early Childhood Education and Care videos feature Professor Susanne Garvis, University of Gothenburg, and guest professor at Stockholm University, Sweden in conversation with Darlene Leach, Manager of the Early Learning Unit, Victorian Department of Education and Training. The videos include an overview of early childhood service delivery and curriculum guidelines in Sweden, and aspects of practice that can inform Victorian early childhood professionals. Susanne discusses the many similarities between the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF) and the Swedish curriculum.
The VCAA’s Early Years Twilight Seminars are designed to engage early years multidisciplinary networks and communities of practice. They focus on the VEYLDF, evidence-based research, resources and implications for practice.
The seminars are held at the Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership in North Melbourne, and broadcast live to network sites across Melbourne and Victoria via video conferencing, and a YouTube recording. To host an Early Years Twilight Seminar by video conference, contact the
VCAA Early Years Unit.