Cognitive screening for young children: Development and diversity in learning contexts

Bornholt, Laurel J., Spencer, Fiona H., Ouvrier, Robert A., & Fisher, Ian H. (2004) Cognitive screening for young children: Development and diversity in learning contexts. Journal of Child Neurology, 19(5), pp. 313-317.


SYSTEMS 1 is a screen of general cognitive functioning, for school age children that entails cognitive manipulation and information skills. Our aim was to extend the test for four and five year old children at pre-school, to estimate theoretical starting points in typical cognitive profiles, that are critical in the early years. Participants (N = 1164, girls/boys, 50%) were four to 11 years old (mean 7.9, sd 2.2) at pre-schools and schools in diverse socio-economic areas of Sydney. Children’s responses created the normative database, and the parameters were derived from curve estimation and regression procedures. Results suggest that cognitive screening is reliable and valid for younger and older children, and show a non-linear relation of children's test scores with age, that is characteristic of rapid change for younger children. The characteristic curve with the best fit to the data had a theoretical starting point before school age, at around 3 years of age. Findings are discussed in light of alternative models, and the clinical and educational applications.

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ID Code: 941
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Pre, school children, cognitive functioning
ISSN: 0883-0738
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Educational Psychology (170103)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Learning Sciences (130309)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 BC Decker Inc
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher: This journal is available online.
Deposited On: 31 Mar 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 13:18

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