Assessing vocabulary learning in early childhood
Jessica L Hoffman
Miami University, USA
William H Teale
University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
Kathleen A Paciga
Columbia College Chicago, USA
There is widespread agreement with in the field of early childhood education that vocabulary is important to literacy achievement and that reading aloud can support vocabulary growth. However, there are unexplored and significant problems with the ways we assess young children’s vocabulary learning from read-alouds. This paper critcally reviews the forms of vocabulary assessment commonly used with young children, examining the benefits and drawbacks of each. ….