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Dynamic Assessment of Functioning and Oriented at Development and Inclusive Learning 
A Comenius multilateral project - 142084-2008-LLP-BE-COMENIUS-CMP

Your browser may not support display of this image. Summer Course DAFFODIL - Innovative Assessment of Functioning Oriented at Development and Inclusive Learning Evora (PT) 5-11 September 2010

Venue Purpose Target Group Course Objectives
Programme Registration Preparation Outcome
EU Comenius grant: deadline 1/4/2010!  


Universidade de Evora  
CIEP – Colegio do Espírito santo 
7002-554 Evora  


Inclusive education requires new evaluation and assessment practices, which probe more into a child’s capacity and potential, look at optimical conditions, have an outlook on a child’s modifiability, its cognitive functioning, motivational and learning context, its specific educational needs and how to modify the child towards more effective learning. Also the teachers are in  need to be coached towards a more optimistic outlook. New approaches have been developped in the domain of assessment and coaching. During the past two years, the Daffodil project has gathered groundbreaking and evidence-based approaches, which will be introduced in this 1 week seminar.

Target Group

Educational Psychologists, SEN Teachers, Counsellors & Career Advisors, Policy Makers, Therapists working in assessment, working with children & adolescents with special educational needs

Course Objectives

  1. development of insight and vision: understand how the way  assessment is done favours or inhibits inclusion 
  2. insight: familiarize the participant with a new paradigm of contextual, needs- based, assessment looking at a child’s potential
  3. knowledge: introduce participants to some of the innovative assessment systems which are dynamic, interactive, contextual and processual
  4. attitude: learn to “think contextually” when you do assessment: how a child functions in relation to his environment; evaluating also the educational context while evaluating a child
  5. insight: learn to design assessment plans oriented at maximalizing activities and participation in inclusive education

Prior knowledge required

  1. basic knowledge about child development
  2. basic knowledge about content and methods of classic school psychological testing
  3. basic knowledge about SEN
  4. basic understanding about the social model of disability
  5. basic knowledge about social-constructive models of intelligence
  6. basic knowledge about inclusive education

Obligatory reading:

Recommended reading:

Outcome competencies

After the course, the participant will :

  1. be able to critically evaluate his/her own practice regarding assessment, whether it hinders of favours inclusion
  2. be able to critically evaluate the goals of assessment, and the use of methods in function of its goals; be able to decide when to use and not to use psychometric methods and when to use alternatives
  3. have some introductory knowledge about dynamic, interactive, functional, contextual inclusive assessment systems; know about different approaches, be able to critically compare and evaluate these methods
  4. know what functional, needs-based assessment is
  5. know and apply basic principles of coaching towards inclusion
  6. understand the basics of the model of ICF  to plan educational interventions
  7. be able to plan a functional, needs-based, child assessment


National Bureau of Teacher Training Portugal: FOCO/University of Evora, certificate 3 ECTS credits after portfolio evaluation

Portfolio examination: every participant will write a case study with assessment report based on the Daffodil criteria

Preliminary programme

Sunday, September 5th 2010

Monday, September 6th 2010

Tuesday, September 7th 2010

Wednesday, September 8th 2010

Thursday, September 9th 2010

Friday, September 10th

Saturday September 11th

Practical information & registration    
Dra. Catarina Dias Tel. +351 266 768050

Course Fee

400 euro (including coffee breaks, lunch and documentation)

Accomodation and Meals

100 euro/day approximately

Hotel reservation: Tel +3512667469070

Possibility to obtain a Comenius/ Grundtvig Stipendium

All professionals working in the context of school or adult education and living outside Portugal, are entitled to apply to their National Life Long Learning European Agency a financial stipendium to cover course fees, travel and accommodation costs. Deadline for application is January 16th 2010. Please request a preliminary letter of acceptance to Dra. Catarina Dias Tel. +351 266 768050. Ask your National LLL – Life Long Learning Agency (Addresses of the NA’s can be found on: for the necessary forms. The reference number of the course in the Grundtvig/comenius database is BE-2010-127-001. Go to> to find out more