ERIC Number: ED201413
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Feb-12
Reference Count: 0
Kindergarten Scheduling: Full Day, Alternate Days or Half Day, Every Day.
Schulz, Glen E.
A study of the issues involved in deciding whether to schedule kindergarten classes on a half day-every day or full day-alternate days schedule was requested by the Board of Education of the school district of Lodi, Wisconsin. A committee of teachers, administrators and parents undertook the study, which included interviews with early childhood specialists, teachers and administrators; visits to schools operating alternate day programs; a review of the professional literature; a review of studies conducted by other Wisconsin school districts, and solicitation of parents' views. The committee examined the information they gathered as it applied to the following 10 categories: curriculum, personnel, scheduling, effects on children, home-school communications, additional teaching materials, relationship to learning theory, parents' perceptions, transportation, and others. As the committee listed advantages and disadvantages in each category it became apparent that the disadvantages of alternate day scheduling far outweighed the advantages, not only in number but in impact on children. Consequently, the committee recommended that the present half day-every day kindergarten schedule be retained. (Author/MP)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Wisconsin State Dept. of Public Instruction, Madison.
Authoring Institution: N/A