ERIC Number: ED046487
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Preschool Education and School Admission Practices in New Zealand.
Birch, Jack W.; Birch, Jane R.
The New Zealand early childhood education experience is studied in order to discover practices which might be adapted for use in the United States. Data are presented on social and governmental factors influencing the development of early childhood education in New Zealand. Preschool education is conducted by private volunteer groups subsidized by the government. The purposes and organization of the two types of preschool program are presented. The Play Center is parent-operated, emphasizes play as a medium for self-realization, and receives a small amount of financial support from the government. The Kindergarten, which is staffed by government teachers, focuses on preparation of the child to enter Primary I, and receives a large amount of financial support from the government. Of particular interest is the "drop-in" admission to first grade immediately after each child's fifth birthday. Interviews with 236 teachers, administrators, and parents form the basis for position statements which give pros and cons of the first grade admission procedure. The educational disadvantage of Maori children is discussed. Research possibilities are indicated. (NH)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pittsburgh Univ., PA. School of Education.
Identifiers: New Zealand (Maori)