ERIC Number: ED095242
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Aug-8
Reference Count: N/A
Optimal Starting Age for School Attendance: FY76 Issue Analysis.
The Alaska State Department of Education undertook a review of research and literature to determine the optimal starting age or ages for school attendance. This review was occasioned by two events: the proliferation of early childhood education programs in the State and the growing body of research which suggests possible adverse effects of early schooling on young children. A departmental task force was assembled to review the research and to make recommendations. The literature utilized in the review included educational research dating from the early 1930's, medical studies, and the work of developmental psychologists. Research evidence led the task force to three major conclusions. (1) Early schooling, in the form of structured, cognitive training is not warranted for the preschool child. (2) Most children, by age 6, are emotionally and physically developed to the point that they can benefit from some form of institutionalized enrichment program. However, school programs designed for children ages 6-8 should focus on development of academic readiness skills. (3) All children, ages birth-6, benefit from exposure to a variety of environments designed to enrich the child's experiential base. However such enrichment experiences are best provided through the home. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alaska State Dept. of Education, Juneau.
Identifiers - Location: Alaska