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Socioeconomic and gender group differences in early literacy skills

Title: Socioeconomic and gender group differences in early literacy skills: a multiple-group confirmatory factor analysis approach.
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Name(s): Lee, Julia Ai Cheng, author
Otaiba, Stephanie Al, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Date Issued: 2015-01-01
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Socioeconomic status and gender are important demographic variables that strongly relate to academic achievement. This study examined the early literacy skills differences between 4 sociodemographic groups, namely, boys ineligible for free or reduced-price lunch (FRL), girls ineligible for FRL, boys eligible for FRL, and girls eligible for FRL. Data on kindergarteners (N = 462) were analysed using multiple-group confirmatory factory analysis. Early literacy skill differences between boys and girls are more nuanced than previously reported; subsidy status and gender interact. Both boys and girls from high-poverty households performed significantly lower than the girls from low-poverty households in alphabet knowledge, phonological awareness, and spelling. There were gender gaps, with a female advantage, among children from high-poverty households in alphabet knowledge and spelling and among children from low-poverty households in alphabet knowledge. These results highlight the importance of employing methodologically sound techniques to ascertain group differences in componential early literacy skills.
Identifier: FSU_pmch_25750582 (IID), 10.1080/13803611.2015.1010545 (DOI), PMC4349494 (PMCID), 25750582 (RID), 25750582 (EID)
Keywords: Early literacy skills, Gender, Kindergarten, Multiple-group confirmatory factor analysis, Socioeconomic status
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/PMC4349494.
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_pmch_25750582
Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part Of: Educational research and evaluation : an international journal on theory and practice.
1380-3611
Issue: iss. 1, vol. 21

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Lee, J. A. C., & Otaiba, S. A. (2015). Socioeconomic and gender group differences in early literacy skills: a multiple-group confirmatory factor analysis approach. Educational Research And Evaluation : An International Journal On Theory And Practice. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_pmch_25750582