Training Educators To Standardise Assessment For Preschoolers

SRI® College recently held a workshop entitled “Using Developmental Indicators as an Assessment Instrument for Preschoolers” in Wisma Smart Reader® I, Kepong Business Park. Sixty participants consisting of early childhood professionals, preschool owners, principals, teachers and college students gathered together in the one-of-a-kind workshop to learn about authentic assessment instruments as an assessment tool to report preschoolers’ progress and development.

The workshop aimed to assist preschool teachers to enhance their observational skills in identifying the developmental stages of preschoolers and identify the standards for preschool children in domains such as cognitive, psychomotor, emotional and values. The workshop was important to determine the interventions in addressing the gaps between the actual and expected performance of the children and develop a web based assessment system that will link the performance standards to performance targets.

The guests of honour who attended the workshop included Dr Alia Ahmad Shah, Head of Education Performance and Delivery Unit of the Ministry of Education, Ms Lynn Chapman, Senior Lecturer in Education of the University of Hertfordshire and Link Tutor for SRI® College, Mr Kevan Ong, Executive Director of Smart Reader® Worldwide and Professor Dr George Gregory Nathan, Director of Academics of SRI® College.

The guest speakers and facilitators of the workshop were Professor Dr Nagarajah Lee, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) for the Vinayaka Missions International University College and Madam Masako Kuroda, Senior Lecturer of SRI® College.

According to Professor Dr Nagarajah Lee, improvements can be made to the current education system by standardising the preschool curriculum and preschool students’ assessments and reports. There must be shared knowledge and system which governs all preschools especially in developing or developed countries. He further added that the developmental indicators or framework that were shared have been recognised by the Ministry of Education.

Madam Masako Kuroda explained that this workshop is an indication that teachers’ training is essential in ensuring quality education. It helps those involved – both at the managerial level as well as teaching staff develop positive attitudes and enhance their skills in managing and handling preschoolers. The use of assessment instruments are only effective when preschool educators are able to constantly put these instruments into practice.

Administration Executive, Poongothai Ramah found the workshop new and different as it focused vigorously on evaluation and assessment of a child. Having had an Executive Diploma in Early Childhood from Universiti Malaya, she said that the workshop has taught her to be more patient in evaluating a child’s behaviour and how they mix around with other children. More importantly, it’s about sitting together with children and guiding them every step of the way. She wishes to open up her own kindergarten or montessori and hopes the knowledge learned will help her in her business career.

Manager of Cosmic Educare Sdn Bhd, Chan Yee Ling said that she felt good learning about integrated development and how it could be related to the lessons conducted in school. Having previously learned that a lesson plan or a school activity could only develop a child in one aspect, she now learned that a lesson or an activity could develop a child in more ways than expected.

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Professor Dr Nagarajah Lee, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) for the Vinayaka Missions International University College talks on the importance of using developmental indicators or framework in Malaysian preschools.


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Guests who attended the workshop include Ms Lynn Chapman, Senior Lecturer in Education of the University of Hertfordshire and Link Tutor for SRI® College, Dr Alia Ahmad Shah, Head of Education Performance and Delivery Unit of the Ministry of Education, Professor Dr George Gregory Nathan, Director of Academics of SRI® College and Mr Kevan Ong, Executive Director of Smart Reader® Worldwide (L-R) together with sixty early childhood professionals.

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Madam Masako Kuroda, Senior Lecturer of SRI® College presenting on the importance of assessment for children’s learning and development.


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Dr Alia Ahmad Shah, Head of Education Performance and Delivery Unit of the Ministry of Education giving a short speech.

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Ms Lynn Chapman, Senior Lecturer in Education of the University of Hertfordshire and Link Tutor for SRI® College giving a short speech.

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Participants gathered in teams for group activity session.

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Participants voluntarily stepped up front to present their feedbacks and suggestions.