Assessments of learning-related skills and interpersonal skills constructs within early childhood environments in Singapore

Lim, SM, Rodger, S and Brown, T (2010) Assessments of learning-related skills and interpersonal skills constructs within early childhood environments in Singapore. Infant and Child Development, 19 4: 366-384. doi:10.1002/icd.673


Author Lim, SM
Rodger, S
Brown, T
Title Assessments of learning-related skills and interpersonal skills constructs within early childhood environments in Singapore
Journal name Infant and Child Development   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1522-7227
1522-7219
Publication date 2010-07-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/icd.673
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 19
Issue 4
Start page 366
End page 384
Total pages 19
Place of publication West Sussex, U.K.
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Social skills are necessary for developing successful relationships and promoting learning. Interpersonal skills (IPS) are needed for maintaining friendships while learning-related skills (LRS) are required for positive classroom behaviours. In this study, we investigated the construct validity of LRS and IPS within two existing assessments: the Child Behavior Rating Scales (CBRS) and the Preschool and Kindergarten Behavior Scales—2nd edition (PKBS-2). Teachers completed the CBRS and PKBS-2 for 117 Singaporean children aged 3–6 years. Rasch analysis was used to identify items that fit the unidimensional constructs of LRS and IPS within each instrument. Specific items from within the CBRS were found to measure LRS and IPS. Within the PKBS-2, items were found to measure IPS and a new construct labelled Compliance. Instead of creating new assessment tools to measure new constructs, this study innovatively demonstrated how Rasch analysis can be used to document the existence of new constructs within already existing tools. The identification of new constucts and the use of these tools in an Asian context are presented.

Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Keyword Social skills
Young children
Measurement
Validity
Rasch analysis
Singapore
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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