ERIC Number: EJ866224
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
An Independent Assessment of the Internal Reliability of the "Bilston and Ettingshall Sure Start (BESS) Speech and Language Therapy Two Year Developmental Check"
Adamson-Macedo, Elvidina N.; Patel, Reena; Sallah, David K.
Early Child Development and Care, v179 n5 p571-586 Jul 2009
Speech and language difficulties in British pre-school children from disadvantaged backgrounds have become increasingly prevalent over the last decade. Consequently, there has been a growing demand for a British standardised speech and language screening tool that is reliable and valid. In 2000, to fulfil the need of an appropriate tool that could meet all of their requirements, Bilston and Ettingshall Sure Start (BESS) developed a BESS Speech and Language Therapy Two Year Developmental Check. The focus of the current article is to examine the internal reliability of this tool using Cronbach's alpha, Kuder-Richardson and item-whole correlations. The BESS tool maintained an acceptable level of internal consistency on its quantitative and qualitative items and on all three sub-scales of Understanding, Expression and Speech. Item-whole correlations found no weak quantitative items (p less than 0.01). Thus, an internally consistent British standardised speech and language screening tool for two-year-old children has been developed. (Contains 5 tables.)
Descriptors: Screening Tests, Standardized Tests, Test Reliability, Correlation, Preschool Children, Disadvantaged Youth, Language Impairments, Speech Impairments, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: MacArthur Communicative Development Inventory; Reynell Developmental Language Scales