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ERIC Number: ED166196
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Pediatric Examination of Educational Readiness. An Integrated Health and Neurodevelopmental Assessment Instrument.
Oberklaid, F.; And Others
The Pediatric Examination of Educational Readiness (PEER) was designed as an integrated health and neurodevelopmental instrument to be administered by pediatricians and nurses in the assessment of preschool children. It may be used to identify potential learning disabled children who need intervention. The neurodevelopmental part of the test included 38 items and covered: (1) spatial body awareness; (2) gross and fine motor performance; (3) visual processing; (4) auditory language function; and (5) experiential knowledge. Neurological maturation was indirectly measured from "soft signs" such as the presence of associated movements, excessive body posturing, and poorly established hand preference. Processing efficiency--the speed with which instructions were understood and carried out--was also noted. When the PEER was administered to 178 children just before kindergarten entrance, approximately ten percent were flagged as being at educational risk, as indicated by "age delayed" scores in two or more areas of the PEER. These flagged children also had lower scores on the General Cognitive Index of the McCarthy Scales of Children's Abilities and on the Kindergarten Performance Scale, a rating scale completed by the kindergarten teacher. These correlations support the concurrent and predictive validity of the PEER. (Author/GDC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Pediatric Examination of Educational Readiness
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Education Research Association (62nd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, March 27-31, 1978)