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on 18 July 2013
As an experienced EP I have been looking for something other the the same old IQ tests. Although I have dynamic assessment materials and used them, I felt that my recommendations were a bit woolly and vague. Not any longer. This book gives really good practical suggestions and has lots of photocopiable resources and ideas for areas which need work. Essential part of an Eps toolkit!.
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on 17 October 2013
I'm puzzled by this book. It has a nicely accessible overview and introduction to the topic and lots of suggestions for what to recommend when you find a child can't do something, but it has very little to say about the actual 'doing' of dynamic assessment. The back cover blurb says "The first practical resource on how to carry out this popular and innovative form of assessment" - which I feel is misleading. During my first read-through I found myself flicking backwards and forwards checking that I hadn't got a copy with missing pages or a whole chapter gone astray. In fact the authors acknowledge on page 23 that the materials in the book could be equally useful to non-dynamic assessors and that's the nub of it for me - it's a book with lots of useful materials for helping to improve children's learning in a range of areas, regardless of how you discovered those gaps in their skills and knowledge.
Half the value of dynamic assessment lies in its insights into what the assessor should do or needs to do to facilitate better learning for the child during the assessment. There is no corresponding checklist (let alone chapter) in this book for describing the adult mediator's behaviour, to complement the Cognitive and Affective Learning Principles checklists. This is a pity as it gives the impression that it is always the child that needs to change, whereas dynamic assessment can provide powerful feedback to adults about how they might change the ways in which they talk to and work with a child.
So, a good general overview, lots of resources and recommendations to use when you've done a dynamic assessment, but don't expect this book to teach you "how to carry out this popular and innovative form of assessment."
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on 14 October 2014
This is such a useful, practical guide for Educational Psychologists. The checklists are helpful during assessment and the learning profile is a great framework to fill in collaboratively with parents and school staff. It has helped no end with my report writing.
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on 17 May 2013
Excellent resource for Educational Psychologists! I am a first year trainee EP and this book has been incredibly valuable in supporting my understanding of dynamic assessment. It contains lots of great resources to use with children and advice on how to communicate your findings to school staff and develop classroom strategies. Many thanks, Jerricah
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on 2 July 2014
As a trainee Educational Psychologist nearing the end of my first year, I would certainly recommend this book for anybody looking to incorporate dynamic assessment into their work. It provides an accessible introduction to the process, along with practical guidance and useful resources.

Another reviewer has commented that there is little included about the 'doing' of dynamic assessment. The process is described as consisting of four stages: 1) assessment 2) feedback 3) intervention and 4) review; and it is perhaps fair to say that the book is particularly useful when it comes to the second and third of these steps. However, I certainly do not see this as a flaw as these are the areas that other dynamic assessment resources seem to neglect! In other words, this book does not pretend to be a 'one-stop shop' (and who would expect it to be?) but it certainly provides a hugely valuable contribution to a complex, powerful and important avenue of EP practice.

One final point: the previous reviewer's suggestion that the book "gives the impression that it is always the child that needs to change" is misplaced at best. Indeed, the book contains countless tips for teachers and parents i.e. "feedback to adults about how they might change the ways in which they talk to and work with a child."
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on 6 June 2015
Great book with lots of practical ideas. Dynamic assessment is a brilliant tool for formative assessment.
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