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Construction of a protocol for the assessment of reading comprehension for primary schools students

Grant number: 11/11369-0
Support type:Regular Research Grants
Duration: November 01, 2011 - April 30, 2014
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Speech Therapy
Principal researcher:Clara Regina Brandão de Avila
Grantee:Clara Regina Brandão de Avila
Home Institution: Escola Paulista de Medicina (EPM). Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP). Campus São Paulo. São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Assoc. researchers:Adriana de Souza Batista Kida ; João Maroco ; Patrícia Silva Lúcio


In the area of speech therapy, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) has showed the tenets for the evidence-based practice applied for the Human Communication Disturbs, which indicate the value of standard measures. In Brazil, we can note a lack of such standardized instruments for evaluation and diagnosis of Human Communication Disturbs. We can distinguish four main problems in the area: a) lack of studies with samples sizes and statistic power large enough; b) an inadequate use of inferential statistics; c) absence of verification and confirmation of theoretical models; d) little attention to discriminative power of the items. Objective: the construction of a battery that evaluates in a valid and reliable way the reading comprehension skills in elementary school children. The battery is composed of the following tests: reading span; decoding; speech perception; and narrative and expository text comprehension. Sample: a group of 1st to 4th grade school children (N = 800) from public and private schools of São Paulo City, recruited by the method of proportional sharing. The dates will be analyzed by the IRT. This study will use the two parameter model for dichotomous and graded responses. We will investigate the differential item functioning; the item response function; the model fit; and meaningful scales scores will be created. (AU)

Articles published in Agência FAPESP Newsletter about the research grant:

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(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
COGO-MOREIRA, HUGO; PLOUBIDIS, GEORGE B.; BRANDAO DE AVILA, CLARA REGINA; MARI, JAIR DE JESUS; VIEIRA PINHEIRO, ANGELA MARIA. EACOL (Scale of Evaluation of Reading Competence by the Teacher): evidence of concurrent and discriminant validity. NEUROPSYCHIATRIC DISEASE AND TREATMENT, v. 8, p. 443-454, 2012. Web of Science Citations: 8.

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