Knowing through movement: construction of an evaluation rubric for kindergarten


The kindergarten teacher plays the role of educational guide capable of proposing learning paths that allow the children to discover himself, ensuring his centrality (Ellerani, 2013), and guaranteeing the discovery of others and of the surrounding world. Through movement, the child develops social and communication skills (Coco, 2013), behaviour patterns (Mussen, Conger and Kagan, 1976) and interaction with others (Baumagartner, 2009). Teaching processes have to adapt to the needs of the learner; first of all, evaluation has the important role to provide useful information to regulate learning (Vertecchi, 1993).This contribution intends to propose the process of constructing and validating a competence assessment rubric for kindergarten, which focuses on the acquisition of motor skills, and which is useful for expressing an assessment that is coherent with the learning process for the child’s integral development. The rubric validation process, which involved 106 students attending the A.A. 2021-2022 Docimology and Laboratory course at the University of Palermo, ended in January 2023 and the validated rubric was shared with several schools in the Palermo area that participated in the “Natural moving” project.