ERIC Number: ED161917
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar-16
Reference Count: 0
Factor Analysis of Cognitive, Behavioral, Socioeconomic And Related Characteristics of Prekindergarten Children. Technical Paper #16.
Flint, David L.; And Others
Four-year old children in the New York State Experimental Prekindergarten Program (PreK) were administered three cognitive and two behavioral measures to determine if the data would provide sets of a smaller number of variables, to see if the variables overlapped, and to determine the appropriateness or redunduncy of the tests. The tests were: the (1) Walker Readiness Test for Disadvantaged Preschool Children; (2) Cooperative Preschool Inventory; (3) Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test; (4) California Preschool Social Competency Scale; and (5) Schaeffer's Classroom Behavior Inventory. Factor analysis incorporated nine socioeconomic background variables, two duration/attendance variables, 18 cognitive variables, and eight behavioral variables. These variables were reduced to parent education; family income and size; length of residence; factual and conceptual knowledge; perceptual discrimination; social adjustment or constructive participation; extraversion/introversion; hours present and prior PreK experience; and elapsed time between pretest and posttest. Results indicated that the ordering of large numbers of variables into smaller numbers of interpretable factors affords more insight into the structure of a data set. The Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test and the Cooperative Preschool Inventory contained the same general cognitive/verbal dimension. Analysis of the Classroom Behavior Inventory indicated that the instrument has high stability and three components in common with the California Preschool Social Competency Scale. (JAC)
Descriptors: Affective Behavior, Behavior Rating Scales, Cognitive Development, Cognitive Tests, Data Analysis, Disadvantaged Youth, Evaluation Criteria, Factor Analysis, Predictor Variables, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, School Readiness Tests, Social Development, Socioeconomic Background, Student Characteristics, Test Validity
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York State Education Dept., Albany. Div. of Research.
Identifiers: California Preschool Social Competency Scale; Cooperative Preschool Inventory; Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test; Schaeffer Behavior Inventory; Walker Readiness Test