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Title: The development and standardization of a screening test for reading for pupils of the classes B, C, and D in Greek primary schools
Author: Tafa, E.
Awarding Body: University College of Swansea
Current Institution: Swansea University
Date of Award: 1994
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The focus of this study is to develop and standardize a screening test of reading for the pupils of classes B, C and D in Greek elementary schools. A sample of 2,518 pupils (1,282 boys and 1,236 girls) were tested, aged 6 years and 9 months to 10 years and 1 month. Of those 861 pupils were from the area of Attica (Athens) and 1,657 pupils from the rest of Greece. The results of the test were analyzed and the psychometric profile of the test was seen as acceptable. The Alpha coefficient of Cronbach and the Guttman split-half coefficients for each of the classes and also for the sample as a whole were high at around (.94) and certainly acceptable for a screening test of reading. The standard error of measurement was low at (2.4) and also acceptable for such a purpose. The validity is also claimed as satisfactory. Item analysis showed that the test as constructed is an appropriate screening device. Item difficulty indices for the whole sample as well as for each one of the three classes was satisfactory for the majority of the Items. All the Items showed substantial discrimination and for each one of the Items each distractor was effective. The present investigation argues that this test as constructed is an appropriate screening device, which can identify poor readers and can be used by Greek classroom teachers concerned with the classes B, C and D of Greek elementary school.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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