ERIC Number: ED481722
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: N/A
Alberta Learning: Early Development Instrument Pilot Project Evaluation.
Meaney, Wanda; Harris-Lorenze, Elayne
The Early Development Instrument (EDI) was designed by McMaster University to measure the outcomes of childrens early years as they influence their readiness to learn at school. The EDI was piloted in several Canadian cities in recent years through two national initiatives. Building on these initiatives, Alberta Learning piloted the EDI as a possible measure of readiness to learn at school in two school jurisdictions in 1999-2000 and in five jurisdictions in 2001-2002. This study evaluated Alberta Learning's pilot project, examining the efficacy and utility of the EDI for teachers' use in classroom programming and instructional decision making. Semistructured interviews were conducted with samples of teachers (n=39) and administrators (n=4)from the 5 jurisdictions from 2001-2002. Most participants found the EDI easy to use and viewed the organization and support provided for its administration as "very adequate." The orientation sessions were regarded positively, and release time to study the instrument was considered extremely helpful. Some suggestions for improvement were developed, including more case studies, and distributing the instrument earlier in the year. (Contains 43 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alberta Learning, Edmonton.
Identifiers - Location: Canada