Journal article

Young Learners: An Examination of the Psychometric Properties of the Early Literacy Knowledge and Skills Instrument

Man Ching Esther Chan

Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2015


The Early Literacy Knowledge and Skills (ELKS) instrument was informed by the work of Ferreiro and Teberosky based on the notion that young children could be differentiated according to levels of sophistication in their understanding of the rules of written language. As an initial step to evaluate the instrument for teaching purposes, the present study examines its psychometric properties in terms of internal consistency reliability, model-data fit, item discrimination, match between item difficulty and ability range in the sample, and item difficulty according to Ferreiro and Teberosky’s theory of early literacy development. Overall, the ELKS instrument showed good psychometric properties i..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This research was funded by the Australian Research Council in conjunction with its partner organizations the University of Melbourne and the Australian Scholarships Group. The author was a recipient of the Australian Postgraduate Award (Industry) supported under the Australian Research Council's Linkage Projects funding scheme (Project No. LP0883437).