Returns the data item to which the specified list item is bound.


element jQuery|Element|String

A string, DOM element, or jQuery object which represents the item. A string is treated as a jQuery selector.

Returns The model of the item that was passed as a parameter.

Example - get the data item of the first node

<select id="listBox"></select>
    dataSource: [
        { id: 1, name: "foo" },
        { id: 2, name: "bar" }
    dataTextField: "name",
    dataValueField: "id"

var listbox = $("#listBox").data("kendoListBox");
var dataItem = listbox.dataItem(".k-list-item:first");
/* The result can be observed in the DevTools(F12) console of the browser. */
console.log(; // displays "foo"
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