Early identification of children experiencing difficulties in learning is essential for timely and effective intervention. The aim of this study was to develop a screening instrument for identifying students with learning difficulties at the end of the first term of Primary 1 in Hong Kong. This paper describes the development and validation of a 27-item checklist on 594 students. Validity testing performed included content and expert, contrasted group, concurrent and predictive validity; all were found to be satisfactory. In addition, test-re-test reliability was assessed to be good. The checklist can be administered in 10 minutes for each student based on everyday observations of the student; no specific testing of the students would be required. A longer version with 97 items was also made available for teachers to conduct a more comprehensive evaluation of a child's performance. Copyright © 2007 Taylor & Francis Group, an informa business.
CitationLeung, C., Lindsay, G., & Lo, S. K. (2007). Early identification of primary school students with learning difficulties in Hong Kong: The development of a checklist. European Journal of Special Needs Education, 22(3), 327-339. doi: 10.1080/08856250701430919
- Screening test
- Learning difficulties
- Early identification
- Year 1 students