Revealing Minds Assessing to Understand and Support Struggling Learners

ISBN-10: 0787987905

ISBN-13: 9780787987909

Edition: 2007

Authors: Craig Pohlman, Mel Levine

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Revealing Minds is a practical, hands-on guide to assessing learning problems, based on the approach of All Kinds of Minds, the groundbreaking nonprofit institute co-founded by Mel Levine. Whereas most assessments of struggling learners focus on what is "broken" within a student and needs to be fixed, All Kinds of Minds has adopted a more positive and comprehensive approach to the process. Rather than labeling children or categorizing them into certain pre-defined groups, their optimistic and helpful path creates a complete picture (or "profile") of each student, outlining the child's assets along with any weaknesses, and identifying specific breakdown points that lead to problems at school. The process of assessment should be able to answer a question such as, "Why is my son struggling with reading?" with a better answer than, "Because he has a reading disability." Revealing Minds shows how to discover hidden factors-such as language functioning, memory ability, or attention control-that are impeding a student's learning. It goes beyond labels and categories to help readers understand whats really going on with their students and create useful learning plans. Providing scores of real-life examples, definitions of key terms, helpful diagrams, tables, and sample assessments, Pohlman offers a useful roadmap for educators, psychologists, and other professionals to implement the All Kinds of Minds approach in their own assessments.
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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/24/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.496

Melvin D. Levine Mel Levine is a Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Clinical Center for the Study of Development and Learning at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He has conducted projects called Schools Attuned and Developmental Schools which are designed to help teachers deal with children having academic difficulties, such as ADD. Dr. Levine has spoken at many conferences and is known for his personable approach to learning and his no-nonsense approach to developmental learning.

Assessing to understand
The case for phenomenology
Profiles as tools for understanding students
Answering the question why? (and why that matters)
Identifying assets (and why they matter)
Neurodevelopmental variation as normal variation
Why the focus on assessment
The approach of this book
My perspective and background
Assessment is both complex and simple
The need for a framework
The prepared mind
The pitfalls of being atheoretical
Conceptual correctness
Theoretical frameworks for understanding learning
A neurodevelopmental framework
Other factors that may impede learning
Selecting a framework : a choice for the professional
The art of task-analysis
Two types of reasoning
Analysis of academic skills
Analysis of assessment tasks
Constructing learning plans
Task-analysis as an assessment tool
Making linkages
Functions versus skills
Why linkages matter
Major linkages between skill deficits and neurodevelopmental functions
Assessing from multiple angles
Assessment and testing
Multi-method assessment
Qualitative and quantitative findings
Dynamic and standardized techniques
Limit testing
What history can reveal
Assets and affinities
The case for teamwork
Assessment as a process
Comparing and contrasting angles
A better use of the discrepancy concept
Clinical contrasts
Academic task to academic task
Neurodevelopmental task to neurodevelopmental task
Neurodevelopmental task to academic task
Clinical branching logic
Contrasts in history reports
A tool for better understanding
Searching for recurring themes
Making the case
Examples of recurring themes
Potential hazards in the search for recurring themes
Tactics for organizing findings
Change in course
Assessing attention
The construct of attention
Some important distinctions
General assessment considerations
Tasks designed to assess aspects of attention
Task-analysis for attention
Attention signs and symptoms
Secondary attention deficits
Assessing memory
The construct of memory
Some important distinctions
General assessment considerations
Tasks designed to assess types of memory
Task-analysis for memory
Memory signs and symptoms
Assessing language
The construct of language
Some important distinctions
General assessment considerations
Tasks designed to assess components of language
Task-analysis for language
Language signs and symptoms
Other neurodevelopmental factors to consider
Spatial ordering
Temporal-sequential ordering
Neuromotor function
Reasoning and Logic
Social cognition
Cross-construct phenomena
Degree of context
Other factors that can affect learning
Turning the corner
Telling the story
Importance of demystification
Guidelines for written reports
Communicating outside the box
Understanding to assess
Having new eyes
Making the case
The virtues of splitting
Framing the work
Preparing the mind
Passionate curiosity
Talking the talk and walking the walk
Supporting research for a neurodevelopmental framework
Assessment task-analysis guide
Index of potential findings
Tests and batteries for neurodevelopmental assessment
Learning plan resources
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