ERIC Number: ED327314
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Measuring Kindergartners' Social Competence. ERIC Digest.
Pellegrini, A. D.; Glickman, Carl D.
This ERIC Digest advocates assessment of children's social competence with various measures, including behavioral measures, peer nominations, teacher ratings, and standardized tests. Content focuses on: (1) the insufficiency of the use of academic tests alone; (2) the importance of observing children's interactions with peers; (3) research evidence; and (4) implications. Since tests provide limited data, the accurate assessment of kindergarten children requires the use of different perspectives. The method of observing and recording peer interaction during free play seems to yield particularly relevant results. It must be noted that the prediction of success in the first grade from kindergarten experience requires the investment of time and money. Perhaps some of the time and money now spent on standardized tests should be spent on social competence testing. (RH)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Elementary and Early Childhood Education, Urbana, IL.