Canadian Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Use of the ROWPVT with Small-town Canadian Kindergarten Children

Author(s) Peter Flipsen Jr.
Volume 17
Number 3
Year 1993
Page(s) 145-148
Language English
Keywords ROWPVT
Abstract Some concern has been raised by clinicians about assessing Canadian children with tests whose standards were developed in the United
States. It has been generally assumed that Canadian and American children are similar enough for the norms to be valid and thus for the tests to be appropriate to use with both groups. This study was an attempt to test this assumption by determining if the ROWPVT is appropriate in this respect. Testing was carried out on 176 small-town Canadian kindergarten children. Results indicated that the obtained standard scores were not normally distributed as would be expected in a sample of this size. Far fewer subjects than expected achieved standard scores that were more than 1 S.D. below the test mean. The test thus appeared to lack sensitivity, making its use as a screening tool questionable with the target population. Results also indicated that the recommended starting point for testing had been set too high. Basal scores were established at much lower values than might be expected. Consequently, if the ROWPVT is used, testing should begin at a lower level than recommended.

Les clinicien(ne)s s'interrogent sur l'évaluation des enfants canadiens au moyen de tests dont les normes ont été élaborées aux États-Unis. On suppose généralement que les enfants canadiens et américains sont assez semblables pour que les mêmes normes s'appliquent dans les deux pays, done que les épreuves conviennent aux deux groupes. La présente étude devait vérifier cette hypothèse en déterminant si Ie ROWPVT donne de bons résultats. Cent soixante-seize enfants de maternelle d'une petite ville canadienne ont subi Ie test. Les résultats révèlent que la cote normale obtenue à l'issue du test n'est pas distribuée comme on pourrait s'y attendre pour un échantillon de cette sorte. Beaucoup moins d'enfants ont obtenu la note normale qui se trouvait par ailleurs plus de 1 E.-T. sous la moyenne. L'épreuve semble done manquer de sensibilité, ce qui amène les auteurs à s'interroger sur son utilité pour Ie dépistage dans la population visée. Les résultats montrent également que Ie point de départ recommandé est trop élevé. La note de base est beaueoup plus faible que prévu. Si l'on se sert du ROWPVJ, les tests devraient donc débuter à un niveau plus bas que celui recommandé.
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