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Author Valdez, Susanne Marie
Title To be ready or not to be ready: Can the Child Behavior Checklist answer the kindergarten readiness question?
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Descript 62 p
Note Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 43-01, page: 0330
Co-Chairs: Allen W. Gottfried; Diana Wright Guerin
Thesis (M.A.)--California State University, Fullerton, 2004
This study demonstrates that existing behavior checklists can measure aspects of prekindergartener's behavioral functioning that are linked to success in the primary grades, demonstrating the value of including certain social-emotional characteristics in school readiness screenings. Using data from the Fullerton Longitudinal Study, I examined the ability of the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) to discriminate between four-year old children (N = 67) who successfully transitioned to kindergarten/first grade and children who did not. Groups differed significantly on CBCL scales that correspond to key social-emotional factors identified in the school readiness literature, although individual items lacked the power to discriminate between groups. This study empirically supports the importance of including behavioral indicators of social-emotional development in school readiness definitions and suggests that key behaviors may be effectively measured through parent report. However, a more effective measure could be developed by adding to and refining the specific items and changing the rating scale
School code: 6060
Host Item Masters Abstracts International 43-01
Subject Psychology, Developmental
Education, Early Childhood
Education, Tests and Measurements
Alt Author California State University, Fullerton
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