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La «school readiness» e la sua misura: uno strumento di rilevazione per la scuola dell’infanzia

Cristina Coggi, Paola Ricchiardi


School Readiness and its Measurement: An Assessment Tool for Kindergarten

Many international studies have focused on school readiness. It has, therefore, become urgent to evaluate the empirical evidence around this topic. It is a complex subject, initiating a wide debate and a variety of contributions. Studies have created a deeper vision of the concept and broadened the areas that need to be researched. Moreover, the environmental conditions contributing to the development of readiness have been analyzed in combination with the possible strategies to enhance it. This contribution carries out a critical analysis of these studies. This essay is particularly focused on the aspects of the measurement of readiness and offers a review of the main tests adopted internationally to measure it. It, finally, proposes an original tool to measure cognitive readiness, suitable for Italian schools, outlining its psychometric characteristics, based on a sample of 445 children. Such a test highlights the difficulties that significant percentages of children aged between 4 and 5 have; It also allows for the evaluation of  the effects of the enhancement of readiness, in order to establish the most effective ones, based on the EBE perspective.


Kindergarten, Readiness assessment, Readiness models, Readiness tes, School readiness, Prontezza scolastica, preparazione scolastica iniziale, Scuola dell’infanzia, Modelli di readiness, Test di readiness, Valutazione della readiness

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7358/ecps-2014-009-cogg

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Journal of Educational, Cultural and Psychological Studies (ECPS)
Registered by Tribunale di Milano (19/05/2010 n. 278)
Online ISSN 2037-7924 - Print ISSN 2037-7932

Research Laboratory on Didactics and Evaluation - Department of Education - "Roma Tre" University

Executive Editor: Gaetano Domenici - Managing  Editor: Valeria Biasci
Editorial Board: Giuditta Alessandrini - Eleftheria Argyropoulou - Massimo Baldacci - Joao Barroso - Richard Bates - Christofer Bezzina - Paolo Bonaiuto - Lucia Boncori - Pietro Boscolo - Sara Bubb  - Carlo Felice Casula - Jean-Émile Charlier - Lucia Chiappetta Cajola - Carmela Covato - Jean-Louis Derouet - Peter Early - Franco Frabboni - Constance Katz - James Levin - Pietro Lucisano  - Roberto Maragliano - Romuald Normand - Michael Osborne - Donatella Palomba - Michele Pellerey - Clotilde Pontecorvo - Vitaly V. Rubtzov - Jaap Scheerens - Noah W. Sobe - Francesco Susi - Giuseppe Spadafora - Pat Thomson
Editorial Staff: Fabio Alivernini - Guido Benvenuto - Anna Maria Ciraci - Massimiliano Fiorucci - Luca Mallia - Massimo Margottini - Giovanni Moretti - Carla Roverselli 
Editorial Secretary:
Nazarena Patrizi