Title

To test or Not To Test? The Selection and Analysis of an Instrument To Assess Literacy Skills of Indigenous Children: a Pilot Study

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publisher

AARE

Faculty

Community Services, Education and Social Sciences

School

Kurongkurl Katitjin

RAS ID

2511

Comments

This article was originally published as: Partington, G., Godfrey, J., & Sinclair, A. (2001). To test or not to test? The selection and analysis of an instrument to assess literacy skills of indigenous children: a pilot study. Proceedings of 2001 AARE International Education Research Conference. Fremantle, WA. AARE. Original article available here

Abstract

This paper explains the process of selecting a standardised reading skills instrument to be used with Indigenous children in various settings in Western Australia. The selection process included the examination of a number of instruments, and consultation with educators and researchers. The instrument chosen contained items that appeared to form a basis to assess the literacy skills of Indigenous children. The test was trialed with a small sample of Indigenous children in two schools. The pilot study results were analysed and the results discussed. Implications for the evaluation of Indigenous children and educational programs are drawn. This paper explains the process of selecting a standardised reading skills instrument to be used with Indigenous children in various settings in Western Australia. The selection process included the examination of a number of instruments, and consultation with educators and researchers. The instrument chosen contained items that appeared to form a basis to assess the literacy skills of Indigenous children. The test was trialed with a small sample of Indigenous children in two schools. The pilot study results were analysed and the results discussed. Implications for the evaluation of Indigenous children and educational programs are drawn.

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