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Social Indicators Research

, 103:179 | Cite as

Opening Remarks to the Special Issue on Validation Theory and Research for a Population-Level Measure of Children’s Development, Wellbeing, and School Readiness

  • Martin GuhnEmail author
  • Bruno D. Zumbo
  • Magdalena Janus
  • Clyde Hertzman
Article

The articles in this special issue present an in-depth look at different theoretical, methodological, and empirical aspects of a comprehensive validation research program for a population-level measure of children’s developmental status and wellbeing. The measure that is at the centre of this special issue is the Early Development Instrument (EDI; Janus and Offord 2007; Guhn et al. 2007). The EDI is currently being used at a population-level in numerous Canadian cities and provinces, and as a national indicator of children’s wellbeing in Australia. The EDI is a measure that kindergarten teachers use to rate developmental outcomes of each child in their class on five domains: (1) physical health and wellbeing, (2) social competence, (3) emotional maturity, (4) language and cognitive development, and (5) communication skills and general knowledge. The primary purpose of the EDI is to provide communities with developmental information on all of the children in the community, at the...

Keywords

Social Indicator Kindergarten Teacher School Readiness Social Indicator Research Early Development Instrument 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin Guhn
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Bruno D. Zumbo
    • 1
  • Magdalena Janus
    • 3
  • Clyde Hertzman
    • 1
  1. 1.University of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  2. 2.Human Early Learning PartnershipUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  3. 3.McMaster UniversityHamiltonCanada

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