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Early Childhood Learning and Assessment Exemplar project (Kei Tua o te Pae)

Directors: Margaret Carr and Wendy Lee

Researcher: Carolyn Jones

The Early Childhood Learning and Assessment Exemplar project was developed as a pilot project in association with the Ministry of Education National Exemplar project in schools.

For early childhood, exemplars are samples of assessments of children's learning. They may include teacher observations, learning stories, transcripts, children's work and adults' or children's comments.

The framework for the development of the exemplars emerged from the philosophy of Te Whāriki. The four principles of Te Whariki are also principles for assessment, and they provided the framework for Kei Tua o te Pae/Assessment for Learning: Early Childhood Exemplars.

The exemplars strongly reflect the principles of Te Whāriki and socio-cultural approaches to learning and teaching. The core framework of noticing, recognising, and responding is at the heart of effective assessment and quality teaching practice.

Further information about the exemplars can be found on the TKI website.

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