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The Work Sampling System

Jablon, Judy R., Marsden, Dorothea B., Meisels, Samuel J., & Dichtelmiller, Margo L.
(1994). The Work Sampling System: Omnibus Guidelines: Preschool Through Third Grade, 3rd Edition. Rebus, Inc., Ann Arbor, MI.

This volume presents the compilation for the Work Sampling System Developmental Guidelines for preschool through third grade. The Guidelines are designed to enhance the process of observation and to ensure the reliability and consistency of teachers' observations. The Guidelines incorporate information from a wide array of resources, including local, state, and national standards for curriculum development to evaluate skills in the following seven domains: personal and social development, language and literacy, mathematical thinking, scientific thinking, social studies, the arts, and physical development. Within each domain, the Guidelines present each specific skill, behavior, or accomplishment in the form of a one-sentence performance indicator. Each indicator is followed by a rationale and several specific examples. The rationale provides a context that explains the meaning and importance of the indicator and briefly outlines reasonable expectations for children in preschool through the third grade. The examples show several ways children might demonstrate the skill, knowledge, or accomplishment represented by the indicator. Since different teachers may interpret the same indicator in different ways, the Guidelines promote consistency of interpretation and evaluation across children, teachers, and schools. (Contains 46 references.)

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