Investigating Moderators of Test-retest Reliability in Screening Children's Cognitive Functioning

Spencer, Fiona H. & Bornholt, Laurel J. (2005) Investigating Moderators of Test-retest Reliability in Screening Children's Cognitive Functioning. Australian Journal of Educational and Developmental Psychology, 5, pp. 91-106.


This project examined some of the common constraints on reliable cognitive assessment for children over time. Repeated measures design (n = 133) was with younger (5 & 6 year old, n = 64) and older (7 & 8 year old, n = 69) children. Results showed that children’s self-concepts moderated the test-retest reliability over extended intervals for younger and older children. Social self-categorizations moderated slightly the test-retest reliability for both age groups. For younger children only, personal self-categorization and self-reported talking about items moderated the reliability. In contrast, there were no moderators of test-retest reliability for shorter retest intervals. Other experiences, including recall, recognition and self-reported reflection on the content, did not moderate the test-retest reliability.

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ID Code: 1963
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Open Access journal.
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Keywords: cognitive assessment children self, concepts test, retest reliability self, categorization
ISSN: 1446-5442
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 School of Education, Faculty of Education & Arts, University of Newcastle
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 31 Aug 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 13:18

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