Dynamic Assessment in the Language Classroom

Dynamic Assessment in the Language Classroom - James P. Lantolf & Matthew E. Poehner, Penn State
Author(s): 
James P. Lantolf & Matthew E. Poehner, Penn State
Publication Type: 
PDF
Year: 
2004
Size: 
8 Pages

CALPER Professional Development Document (CPDD 0411)
In very clear language, the authors provide a basic account of Dynamic Assessment (DA) and trace its origins to Vygotsky's theory of development. They explain the concepts of mediation and Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD), as well as the two main approaches used in DA. They also include three examples detailing what DA looks like in the classroom and conclude the document by providing a glimpse of what the future holds for DA, such as using it with groups and integrating computer technologies to DA procedures.

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