ERIC Number: ED462158
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
Early Language & Literacy Classroom Observation (ELLCO) Toolkit, Research Edition [with] User's Guide.
Smith, Miriam W.; Dickinson, David K.
The document is comprised of the Early Language and Literacy Classroom Observation (ELLCO) Toolkit, a field-tested observation packet to examine literacy and language practices and materials in prekindergarten through third grade classrooms, and a user's guide providing technical information and instructions for administration and scoring the toolkit. The ELLCO toolkit is comprised of three parts: (1) a literacy environment checklist to familiarize observers with the classroom's layout and contents; (2) a classroom observation and teacher interview, examining general classroom environment and language, literacy, and curriculum; and (3) a literacy activities rating scale, recording literacy behaviors related to book reading and writing. The user's guide provides an introduction to using ELLCO for various purposes, step-by-step instructions for each of the toolkit's three parts, a narrative describing how one teacher sparked a young boy's interest in literacy and exploring how other teachers can apply key literacy concepts with their students. A technical appendix provides in-depth information on the research behind ELLCO and its psychometric properties. (The user's guide contains 55 references.) (KB)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Environment, Curriculum, Early Childhood Education, Educational Practices, Emergent Literacy, Interviews, Language Arts, Measurement Techniques, Measures (Individuals), Observation, Preschool Teachers, Primary Education, Psychometrics, Reading Aloud to Others, Teacher Student Relationship, Test Reliability, Test Validity
Customer Service Department, Brookes Publishing Company, P.O. Box 10624, Baltimore, MD 21285-0624 (Stock no. 5710: Toolkit, part of 5, $20; Stock no. 5729: User's Guide, $30; Stock no. 5753: Toolkit and User's Guide, $45). Tel: 800-638-3775 (Toll Free); Tel: 410-337-9580; Fax: 410-337-8539; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.brookespublishing.com.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Development Center, Inc., Newton, MA.
Note: Produced with Angela Sangeorge and Louisa Anastasopoulos.