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Dimensionality and Reliability of Letter Writing in 3- to 5-Year-Old Preschool Children.

Title: Dimensionality and Reliability of Letter Writing in 3- to 5-Year-Old Preschool Children.
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Name(s): Puranik, Cynthia S, author
Petscher, Yaacov, author
Lonigan, Christopher J, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Date Issued: 2013-12-01
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The primary purpose of this study was to examine the dimensionality and reliability of letter writing skills in preschool children with the aim of determining whether a sequence existed in how children learn to write the letters of the alphabet. Additionally, we examined gender differences in the development of letter writing skills. 471 children aged 3 to 5 years old completed a letter writing task. Results from factor analyses indicated that letter writing represented a unidimensional skill. Similar to research findings that the development of letter-names and letter-sound knowledge varies in acquisition, our findings indicate that the ability to write some letters is acquired earlier than the ability to write other letters. Although there appears to be an approximate sequence for the easiest and most difficult letters, there appears to be a less clear sequence for letters in the middle stages of development. Overall, girls had higher letter writing scores compared to boys. Gender differences regarding difficulty writing specific letters was less conclusive; however, results indicated that when controlling for ability level, girls had a higher probability of writing a letter correctly than boys. Implications of these findings for the assessment and instruction of letter writing are discussed.
Identifier: FSU_pmch_26346443 (IID), 10.1016/j.lindif.2012.06.011 (DOI), PMC4557880 (PMCID), 26346443 (RID), 26346443 (EID)
Keywords: Alphabet knowledge, Assessment, Letter writing, Literacy, Preschool
Grant Number: P50 HD052120
Publication Note: This NIH-funded author manuscript originally appeared in PubMed Central at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4557880.
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_pmch_26346443
Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part Of: Learning and individual differences.
1041-6080
Issue: vol. 28

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Puranik, C. S., Petscher, Y., & Lonigan, C. J. (2013). Dimensionality and Reliability of Letter Writing in 3- to 5-Year-Old Preschool Children. Learning And Individual Differences. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_pmch_26346443