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    An early years toolbox for assessing early executive function, language, self-Regulation, and social development validity, reliability, and preliminary norms

    Howard, S.J. and Melhuish, Edward (2016) An early years toolbox for assessing early executive function, language, self-Regulation, and social development validity, reliability, and preliminary norms. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment , ISSN 0734-2829.

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    Abstract

    Several methods of assessing executive function (EF), self-regulation, language development, and social development in young children have been developed over previous decades. Yet new technologies make available methods of assessment not previously considered. In resolving conceptual and pragmatic limitations of existing tools, the Early Years Toolbox (EYT) offers substantial advantages for early assessment of language, EF, self-regulation, and social development. In the current study, results of our large-scale administration of this toolbox to 1,764 preschool and early primary school students indicated very good reliability, convergent validity with existing measures, and developmental sensitivity. Results were also suggestive of better capture of children’s emerging abilities relative to comparison measures. Preliminary norms are presented, showing a clear developmental trajectory across half-year age groups. The accessibility of the EYT, as well as its advantages over existing measures, offers considerably enhanced opportunities for objective measurement of young children’s abilities to enable research and educational applications.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): self-regulation, executive function, language, social development, early years
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Research Centre: Children, Families and Social Issues, Institute for the Study of
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 29 Feb 2016 14:03
    Last Modified: 05 Dec 2016 11:52
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/14512

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