Abstracts of scholarly contributions involving Q methodology are not normally posted on the Q-Method list if more than 5 years old, but an exception is made in this instance since the following is a book of which readers might wish to be aware:

Coppola, Gabrielle, & Marina Camodeca (2010). La metodologia Q-Sort. Valutare la competenza sociale nella scuola dell’infanzia [The Q-Sort methodology. Assessing social competence in kindergarten]. 165 pp. Rome: Carocci Editore. ISBN-10: 8874665911, ISBN-13: 9788874665914. BPS 11.50, Euro 13.50 paper.

Summary: Il volume intende presentare la versione italiana di due strumenti osservativi per la valutazione della competenza sociale nell’età prescolare. Nei primi capitoli, il costrutto di competenza sociale è analizzato nelle sue molteplici sfaccettature, secondo una prospettiva evolutiva, con attenzione ai suoi fattori predisponenti e alle sue conseguenze evolutive. Sono quindi presentati gli strumenti, la loro base teorica, le modalità d’impiego, la costruzione delle versioni italiane e i dati a supporto della validità e attendibilità. Infine vengono descritti vantaggi, modalità d’uso e ambiti di impiego dei due strumenti.

English translation: The volume intends to present the Italian version of two observational tools for assessing social competence in preschool age. In the first chapters, the construct of social competence is analyzed in its multiple facets, according to an evolutionary perspective, with attention to its predisposing factors and its evolutionary consequences. The tools, their theoretical basis, the methods of use, the construction of the Italian versions and the data supporting the validity and reliability are then presented. Finally, the advantages, methods of use, and areas of use of the two instruments are described.

Gabrielle Coppola <gabrielle.coppola@uniba.it> is in the Department of Education, Psychology, and Communication, University “Aldo Moro” of Bari, Bari, Italy. Marina Camodeca is in the Department of Languages and Literatures, Communication, Education and Society, University of Udine, Udine, Italy.

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