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Handwriting fluency in kindergarten: exploring the issue of time

Sears, Mary, M. (2014) Handwriting fluency in kindergarten: exploring the issue of time. Undergraduate Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Curriculum-based measures (CBM) are necessary for educators to quickly assess student skill levels and monitor progress. This study examined the use of the alphabet fluency task, a CBM of writing which assesses how well children access, retrieve, and write letter forms automatically. The alphabet fluency task was administered at both the beginning and end of the kindergarten school year. Scores were collected at two time points, 15 seconds and 60 seconds. Alphabet fluency scores at both points were compared to criterion measures of writing—standardized writing assessments and compositional CBM of writing. Results indicate that although measures at both 15 and 60 seconds are valid, measures at 60 seconds are more valid in assessing handwriting fluency of kindergarten students at both the beginning and end of kindergarten. Future applications of this task and further areas of study are discussed.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Sears, Mary, M.mms139@pitt.eduMMS139
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Thesis AdvisorPuranik, Cynthiacpuranik@pitt.eduCPURANIK
Committee MemberLundblom, Erinlundblom@pitt.eduLUNDBLOM
Committee MemberPatchan, Melissampatchan@pitt.eduMPATCHAN
Committee MemberVance, Janicejvance@pitt.eduJVANCE
Committee ChairMcMaster, Kristenmcmas004@pitt.eduMCMAS004
Date: 22 April 2014
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 1 April 2014
Approval Date: 22 April 2014
Submission Date: 14 April 2014
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 52
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: David C. Frederick Honors College
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences > Communication Science and Disorders
Degree: BPhil - Bachelor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Undergraduate Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: early writing, emergent literacy, handwriting, curriculum-based measures, transcription
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2014 19:22
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 14:19


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