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The development and evaluation of the Writing Assessment Measure (WAM) to assess children's narrative writing.

Dunsmuir, S; Kyriacou, M; Batuwitage, S; Hinson, E; Ingram, V; O’Sullivan, S; (2015) The development and evaluation of the Writing Assessment Measure (WAM) to assess children's narrative writing. Assessing Writing , 23 pp. 1-18. 10.1016/j.asw.2014.08.001. Green open access

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Abstract

The study evaluated the reliability and validity of the Writing Assessment Measure (WAM), developed to reflect the skills which children of different abilities are expected to achieve in written expression, as part of the National Curriculum guidelines in England and Wales. The focus was on its potential use in investigations of children's written narrative in order to inform and target related interventions. The study involved 97 children aged 7–11 from one urban primary school in England. Prompt 1 was administered to all the children in their classrooms together with a standardised written expression test. After three weeks, the same procedure was followed and Prompt 2 was administered. Statistical analyses of the reliability and validity of the instrument showed that it is consistent over time and can be scored reliably by different raters. Content validity of the instrument was demonstrated through inspection of item total correlations which were all significant. Analyses for concurrent validity showed that the instrument correlates significantly with the Wechsler Written Expressive Language sub-test. Significant differences between children of different age and writing skill were also found. The findings indicate that the instrument has potential utility to professionals assessing children's writing.

Type: Article
Title: The development and evaluation of the Writing Assessment Measure (WAM) to assess children's narrative writing.
Location: UK
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.asw.2014.08.001
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.asw.2014.08.001
Additional information: Copyright © 2014 The Authors.This is an open access article under the CC BY license.
Keywords: Writing; Assessment; Written expression; Literacy.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1457401
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