Course Catalog

GRAD > EDC G > 617

Literacy Diagnosis & Instruction

This course focuses on literacy assessment through the use of various informal and/or authentic procedures such as Affective Assessments, Running Records, Modified Miscue Analysis, Informal Reading Inventories, Retellings, Schemata assessments, Metacognitive assessments, and other teacher initiated and designed assessment procedures. The course emphasis is on teacher decision making and instructional planning based on qualitative analyses of childrens literacy and strategies, both linguistic and cognitive. The importance of childrens emergent literacy development, cultural and linguistic diversity, sociolcultural and affective influences, and motivations for reading and writing are considered and highly respected. Discussion of standardized testing is part of this course, and opportunities to learn to review these tests for content validity in your own classroom, discuss these test results with parents/families, and understand the major issues regarding these often required tests will be provided. Students taking this course are required to work with one child/student over the course of the semester.

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