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ERIC Number: EJ934560
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0303-8300
Bioecological Theory, Early Child Development and the Validation of the Population-Level Early Development Instrument
Guhn, Martin; Goelman, Hillel
Social Indicators Research, v103 n2 p193-217 Sep 2011
The Early Development Instrument (EDI; Janus and Offord in "Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science" 39:1-22, 2007) project is a Canadian population-level, longitudinal research project, in which teacher ratings of Kindergarten children's early development and wellbeing are linked to health and academic achievement variables at the individual level, and to demographic, cultural, and socioeconomic variables at the community level. In this article, we draw from Bronfenbrenner's bioecological theory of human development to create a coherent theoretical framework for guiding validation research within a population-level approach to child development research in general and for the EDI project in particular. The discussion draws from a range of social and health sciences as well as validity theory. The paper seeks to align complex conceptual, theoretical, methodological, and psychometric considerations, to provide specific design, methodology, and validation recommendations for a population-level approach to studying children's development and wellbeing, and to discuss the strengths and challenges of this approach.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Kindergarten; Preschool Education; Primary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada