New Perspectives: Application of the Performance Competence Framework - A New Framework for Observational Assessment of Young Children

Mary Bolton Koppenhaver, Ramsey Lofton, Jean Bury, Jeanne Du Rivage, Robin Smith Jacobvitz, Polly Turner, Carol Westby, Meave Stevens Dominguez

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This publication presents a new framework of assessment for New Mexico early intervention personnel from multiple disciplines. It integrates key information from diverse fields into a single, shared framework for gathering assessment information about the uniqueness of each child and family. The assessment framework identifies underlying factors which both support and compromise a child's performance rather than emphasizing normative data which focuses on deficits. The report begins with two article on the Performance Competence Framework that provide an introduction to and overview of the framework, and offer practical applications of the framework in conducting ecological, judgment-based, dynamic assessments. The second part of the report discusses framework's core, key factors underlying an efficient adaptive response, the comfort and safety cycle, environmental influences and the family systems theory, and observation and application strategies. This section is followed by pictorial case study that explores the barriers to attachment between parents and medically fragile infants. The report concludes with a list of recommended readings and descriptions and course outlines of a graduate level pilot course and a 32-hour inservice institute. (Each section includes references.) 

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Mary Bolton Koppenhaver, Ramsey Lofton, Jean Bury, Jeanne Du Rivage, Robin Smith Jacobvitz, Polly Turner, Carol Westby, Meave Stevens Dominguez. New Perspectives: Application of the Performance Competence Framework - A New Framework for Observational Assessment of Young Children (1998). Center for Family & Community Partnerships: Albuquerque, NM. (254 pages).

Sponsoring Agency: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services

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Center for Family & Community Partnerships
Hokona Hall, Room 377
COE/University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM
87131

Phone: (505) 277-9648
Fax: (505) 277-9382

Email: marybk@unm.edu

Languages Available: English

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