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Empirical Re-Validation of the First Steps Spelling Continuum [microform]
Bib ID 5665593
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Author
Australian Council for Educational Research, Victoria
 
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Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1993 
69 p. 
Summary

First Steps is a program instituted by the Western Australia Ministry of Education to improve the literacy and numeracy of primary school students, particularly those at risk of academic failure. First Steps is organized around reading, writing, spelling, and oral language; children's skills are organized along developmental continua. These continua are an ordered series of statements describing behaviors children display as they move toward literacy. The Spelling Developmental Continuum was revised as a response to a study of teachers' responses to the wording of indicators along the continuum, and this report is an empirical validation of the changed version of the Spelling Continuum. Teachers of Kindergarten, Year 1, Year 3, Year 5, and Year 7 (n=88) provided judgments of up to 10 of their students in relation to the Spelling Continuum. Teachers also responded to questions about the indicators and the whole continuum. Overall, there was a high level of understanding of the indicators from the revised continuum. The revised continuum was thought to depict the development of children's spelling competencies validly, with the exception of two problem areas: (1) indicators in the Transitional Phase were not thought to be more difficult than the indicators in the developmentally earlier Phonetic Phase; and (2) key indicators in the Phonetic Phase were thought to be less difficult than those in the developmentally earlier Semi-Phonetic Phase. The revised continuum was thought to be more coherent with more clearly delineated steps than the original version. Four appendixes contain codes for the indicators, information on the perceived difficulty of indicators, a list of indicators not clearly understood, and a list of changes made to the previous version. (Contains 20 exhibits and 6 references.) (SLD)

Notes

Sponsoring Agency: Western Australia Ministry of Education, Perth. Curriculum Development Branch.

ERIC Note: For related "First Steps" documents, see TM 028 165-170 and TM 028 176.

May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18: https://eric.ed.gov/

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Child Development.  |  Developmental Stages.  |  Elementary Education.  |  Elementary School Students.  |  Elementary School Teachers.  |  Foreign Countries.  |  High Risk Students.  |  Kindergarten Children.  |  Literacy.  |  Program Evaluation.  |  Spelling.  |  Teacher Attitudes.  |  Continuum Models First Steps Program (Australia)  |  Australia (Western Australia) Impact Evaluation
Form/genre Reports, Evaluative.
Other authors/contributors Australian Council for Educational Research, Victoria
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