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ERIC Number: EJ815705
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 139
ISSN: ISSN-1184-0412
Increasing the Utility of EF Assessment of Executive Function in Children
Salimpoor, Valorie Niloufar; Desrocher, Mary
Developmental Disabilities Bulletin, v34 n1-2 p15-42 2006
Executive functions (EF) are a group of interrelated complex mental abilities that are involved in planning and initiating goals and carrying them through despite interruptions. As these functions are typically higher-order and involved in integrating other, more basic, lower-order functions, they are difficult to assess directly, and executive dysfunction often goes unnoticed. This is a particular problem in children, as most tests of executive function are developed for adults and have not been properly standardized in children. The aim of this article is to introduce the methods typically used to assess EF in children, and discuss the challenges associated with assessment of EF in children and adults. Issues such as ecological validity, difficulty separating individual components of EF, problems with separating EF from other cognitive abilities, implications of the degree of complexity of assessment stimuli as well as task-dependent variables that may contribute to variability in performance will be discussed. These concerns will be discussed with implications for development of more standardized measures of EF assessment in children, as these abilities are important for maximizing potential for learning and academic achievement.
J.P. Das Developmental Disabilities Centre. 6-102 Education North, University of Alberta, Edmonton AB T6G 2G5, Canada. Tel: 780-492-4505; Fax: 780-492-1318; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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