ERIC Number: EJ815544
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 56
The Early Development Index and Children from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds
Li, Jianghong; D'Angiulli, Amedeo; Kendall, Garth E.
Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, v27 n3 p221-235 Oct 2007
The Early Development Index (EDI) is a teacher-completed checklist, intended to be a population-level tool to measure children's readiness for school and to alert communities to potential developmental problems in children. In response to the increasing popularity of the EDI, this paper provides a critical and timely evaluation and identifies the areas for improvement and modifications. The paper aims: (1) to identify the limitations of the EDI as a universal screening tool, particularly with regard to children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds (CALD); (2) to alert readers to the potential negative implications of the current EDI for communities and society, and (3) to recommend ways for improvement so that the EDI will become a valid and culturally appropriate screening tool for monitoring early development in CALD children. The ultimate aim is to help build an education system and a society that can respect cultural and individual differences.
Descriptors: Check Lists, Developmental Disabilities, Psychometrics, School Readiness, Screening Tests, Program Validation, Item Analysis, Program Improvement, Cultural Differences, Individual Differences, Ability Identification, Disability Identification, Evaluation Methods, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia