Date of Award

6-1-2009

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph.D.

Department

Educational Administration and Policy Studies

First Advisor

Kathy E. Green, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Martin Tombari

Third Advisor

Elinor Katz

Fourth Advisor

Karin Dittrick-Nathan

Fifth Advisor

Enid O. Cox

Keywords

Academic, First grade, Readiness, Schools, Students, Thailand

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to develop a test of academic readiness for first grade instruction in Thailand. Test of Academic Readiness (TAR) consists of six domains: verbal, visual, memory, math, logical, and general knowledge. Two pilot studies were carried out and a main study tested items in those domains. Rasch model was used to assess the scale’s level of reliability and item discrimination. Content validity was claimed through extensive review of literature and similar readiness tests both in the U.S. and Thailand.

TAR achieved a range of reliability between 0.73-0.93 with the exception of the visual subtest, with a reliability of 0.43. With the exception of the visual subtest, TAR has sufficient reliability to be worthwhile for future research to improve TAR as a measure of academic readiness for first grade instruction in Thailand. Further validation studies are recommended.

Publication Statement

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Provenance

Received from ProQuest

Rights holder

Tanachit Kasintorn

File size

235 p.

File format

application/pdf

Language

en

Discipline

Educational tests & measurements

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