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Evaluating the dimensionality of first-grade written composition.

Title: Evaluating the dimensionality of first-grade written composition.
Name(s): Kim, Young-Suk, author
Al Otaiba, Stephanie, author
Folsom, Jessica S, author
Greulich, Luana, author
Puranik, Cynthia, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Date Issued: 2014-02-01
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This study examined dimensions of written composition by using multiple evaluative approaches such as an adapted 6 + 1 trait scoring, syntactic complexity measures, and productivity measures. It further examined unique relations of oral language and literacy skills to the identified dimensions of written composition. A large sample of 1st-grade students (N = 527) was assessed on their language, reading, spelling, letter writing automaticity, and writing in the spring. Data were analyzed using a latent variable approach, including confirmatory factor analysis and structural equation modeling. The seven traits in the 6 + 1 trait system were best described as two constructs: substantive quality and spelling and writing conventions. When the other evaluation procedures such as productivity and syntactic complexity indicators were included, four dimensions emerged: substantive quality, productivity, syntactic complexity, and spelling and writing conventions. Language and literacy predictors were differentially related to each dimension in written composition. These four dimensions may be a useful guideline for evaluating developing beginning writers' compositions.
Identifier: FSU_pmch_24687472 (IID), 10.1044/1092-4388(2013/12-0152) (DOI), PMC3972623 (PMCID), 24687472 (RID), 24687472 (EID), 1829925 (PII)
Grant Number: P50 HD052120, P50 HD052120
Publication Note: This NIH-funded author manuscript originally appeared in PubMed Central at
Subject(s): Child
Educational Measurement/methods
Language Development
Models, Educational
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Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part Of: Journal of speech, language, and hearing research : JSLHR.
Issue: iss. 1, vol. 57

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Kim, Y. -S., Al Otaiba, S., Folsom, J. S., Greulich, L., & Puranik, C. (2014). Evaluating the dimensionality of first-grade written composition. Journal Of Speech, Language, And Hearing Research : Jslhr. Retrieved from