The LDPA is an assessment of reasoning about developmental pedagogy. The questions on this assessment focus on the relationship between teaching and human development. Educators who understand learning and development are more able to optimize learning while instilling the dispositions and skills required for success in today's environment of complexity and change.
In this assessment, test-takers develop lessons for a curriculum informed by developmental theory. They are asked to (1) identify 2 skills that will be targeted by the proposed curriculum, (2) describe how these skills are likely to develop over time, (3) describe two instructional activities designed to support the development of these skills, and finally, (4) discuss how they will go about assessing growth. Throughout, they are asked to justify their choices with evidence from the academic literature.
Targeted constructs include the nature of learning, curriculum development, assessment, developmental pedagogy, developmental psychology, methodology, psychological structures, theory and practice, and developmental dynamics.