TESTING FOR INTERLLIGENCE

     Considering a commitment for viewing young children holistically, important aspects in children like behavior  should be assessed.This can enable teachers to determine what a child can do and know his/her abilities. For instance, in an observation of a child recounting what happened say yesterday at home with a smile and expressive language is a good measure of oral language skill than when he is ask to retell a story in an unfamiliar setting. Also to be assessed is a child’s physical and socio-cultural environment. Children’s social relationships can have a considerable effect on their cognitive growth. More over, a child’s cognitive development can be assessed so as to know his progress and performance and determine how ready he is for preschool or elementary school enrollment. Further more, children psycho-social and emotional aspects can be assessed. To be note is that some times emotions serve as the language of the young child especially where verbal skills are lacking and are also meaningful and show the child  feelings. Also, children’s needs can be assessed in order to have an understanding of their developmental status and condition so as to be able to define the areas like physical,fine and gross motor skills, social,cognitive and language development  that are in most need of attention.

     School-aged children are assessed in Cameroon in the following ways:

1). Informal assessment: With this method children are evaluated on aspects that personal and meaning full. Check-list and open ended questions are used to measure student’s performance.

2). Formal assessment: It is a nation wide testing and include the use of evaluation tools to measure students knowledge and application of skills against specific criteria.

3). observations enable the teacher to be able to measure a child’s ability and developmental progress.

4). Running records. With this method of assessment, the observer objectively writes a narrative format of the child’s activities at a give time. This help to analyze social  skills and development.

5) Teacher Rating: A way to organize ideas of children’s development in to scales.e.g. recording children’s grades in to report cards

Portforlios: The collection of work samples indicating different dimension of their learning and focus on their strength and demonstration of knowledge and skills over time

     To be noted here is the fact that assessment are used to identify specific areas where children may need additional support, they may also be evaluated for other things like developmental disability or special need classes and the more information we get regarding children’s progress in learning, the more focused lessons can be developed to meet their needs

References

1). DVD: “The journey through the life span” (Disc 2)

2). Berger, K. S. The developing person through childhood (5th ed.). New York, NY: Worth Publishers

3). Assessing young children (2004). Pearson education, Inc. Retrieved from http://www.pearsonassessments.com/NR/rdonlyres/FD21F05l1-A5AD-42

4). Guyatt, H. L., Brooker, S. Donnnelly, C.A. Observation: Scholarly articles for methods of assessing school-aged children in Cameroon.

5). Rufffieux, N., Njamnshi, A. K., Mayer, E., Sztajzel, R., Eta, S.C., Doh, R. F., Kengne, A. M., Ngamaleu, R. N., Chanal, J. Neuropsychology in Cameroon: First normative data for cognitive test among school-aged children.

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7 thoughts on “TESTING FOR INTERLLIGENCE

  1. Veronica,
    I find the assessments in Cameroon very interesting! While we do use those in the United States is really is not all that common. You have really peaked my interest in this. Thanks for the references
    Leslie

    • Thanks Leslie. What you have to note is that i based my assessment with the age of study for this assignment (6-11 years). There are mulptiple methods of assessments in Cameroon. It just depend which part of the country. Cameroon is divided in to two: French speaking and English speaking with two different education systems beginning from the secondary school. So at the end of 6years in the primary school, for the English speaking children, there is a nation wide formal type of assessment where they write an exam known as First School Leaving Certificate (FSLC) and that qualifies them to get access to Secondary school. After five years of studies, they also write a nation wide exams known as General Certificate of Education(GCE/ordinary Level) where a pass in four papers is required for students to get access in to High school where they study for two Years then write another nation wide exam called GCE Advance level exams(GCE/AL). This give the access in to the University.

  2. Hello Veronica,
    I enjoyed reading your post. It is very insightful as to the ways children are assessed in Cameroon. By simply observing a child’s behavior, a person can understand the child better; and learn what the child needs regarding developmental growth. Where exactly is Cameroon? 🙂
    Thanks, Tabitha

    • Thanks Tabitha. Cameroon is a country in Africa precisely in West Africa just off the West coast of the Atlantic ocean and located between latitude 2(south) and 13 (North) of the equautor.

    • Thanks Tabitha. to be noted is that this assessment method is limited to up to pre- school age. Beyong this age, there is what is called First school leaving Certificate Exams (FSLC) written by the end of primary school, then general Certificate of Education Exam ( GCE/Ordinary Level or OL), written by the end of five years secondary school studies (a pass in four subjects excluding religion qualifies a child for High school), and GCE/Advanced Level exams (GCE/AL) written by the end of two years of studies in the High school where a pass in two papers without religion qualifies you for university studies.

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