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ERIC Number: EJ914442
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 59
ISSN: ISSN-0300-4430
Towards Ecologically Valid Assessment in Early Literacy
Hill, Susan
Early Child Development and Care, v181 n2 p165-180 Feb 2011
This article explores aspects of early language and literacy that may predict later literacy development. It explores a range of assessment procedures used for oral language, vocabulary, sentence structure and phonology and early reading and writing. The article then describes a small-scale study which highlights the disconnections between the oral language and early literacy and suggests that learning to read and write is akin to learning a second language for all children. Finally, the article suggests that young children's early language and literacy can best be assessed using ecologically valid procedures rather than the narrow high-stakes testing of one or two literacy components.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test