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ERIC Number: EJ784942
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
Pages: 18
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0736-9387
Screening of Phonological Awareness in the Early Elementary Grades: An IRT Approach
Vloedgraven, Judith M. T.; Verhoeven, Ludo
Annals of Dyslexia, v57 n1 p33-50 Jun 2007
The purpose of the present study was to explore the possibilities for the assessment of growth in phonological awareness of children in kindergarten and first grade. Phonological awareness was measured using four sets of items involving rhyming, phoneme identification, phoneme blending, and phoneme segmentation. The results of an exploratory factor analysis and analyses conducted within the framework of item response theory showed one latent ability to underlie the different sets of items, which nevertheless differed in difficulty. Analyses in terms of the children's ability further showed the phonological awareness measures to be sensitive to growth. The amount of information supplied by the different sets of items depended on the children's level of ability. The conclusion that it is possible to accurately monitor the development of children's phonological awareness in the early elementary grades appears to be justified, and this possibility opens up new perspectives for the early screening for reading problems and dyslexia.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1
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Language: English
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