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ERIC Number: EJ1176749
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Jun
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1053-1890
Profiles of Emergent Writing Skills among Preschool Children
Guo, Ying; Sun, Shuyan; Puranik, Cynthia; Breit-Smith, Allison
Child & Youth Care Forum, v47 n3 p421-442 Jun 2018
Background: Research suggests that considerable individual differences may exist among preschool children in terms of emergent writing performance. However, there is no study examining this variability. Objective: This research explored the patterns of within-group individual differences in the emergent writing skills of preschool children. Method: Cluster analysis was employed to identify profiles of emergent writing skills in two independent samples (children from middle-socioeconomic status backgrounds N = 36; children from socioeconomically and racial/ethnically diverse backgrounds N = 367). Results: Cluster analysis identified three emergent writing profiles: (1) highest emergent writing-strength in letter writing and spelling; (2) average emergent writing-strength in name writing; and (3) lowest emergent writing across skills. Children's letter name knowledge and phonological awareness significantly predicted profile membership when controlling for age. Conclusion: These findings provide evidence regarding the heterogeneity of preschool children's emergent writing skills and suggest that different profiles of emergent writing can be explained by children's letter name knowledge, phonological awareness, and age.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED)
Authoring Institution: N/A
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R305A080488