ERIC Number: ED154926
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
When Should Parents Delay Entry of Their Child Into the First Grade?
Hedges, William D.
Florida Educational Research and Development Council Research Bulletin, v11 n1 Fall 1976
This document reviews research findings on criteria used to determine age of entry into first grade. Criteria discussed include chronological age, mental age, I.Q., sex, and physical development (teething, visual development, etc.). In general, the research reviewed supports later entry, especially for children with below average intelligence. For the child of normal intelligence, a chronological age of 6 years 6 months is recommended. Earlier or later entry should be determined by how well a child would perform in relation to normal children 6 years 6 months old. It is suggested that children profit from waiting until they are able to perform at an average or an above average level. It is concluded that no one criterion of those reviewed is effective in judging the appropriate age of entry, but that the total configuration of each child's development be reviewed in making a decision. Recommendations are made on the role of principals, parents, and teachers in assuring that children enter first grade at an age that best suits their own individual needs. (SB)
Descriptors: Age Grade Placement, Cognitive Development, Early Admission, Grade 1, Individual Differences, Intelligence, Literature Reviews, Physical Development, Primary Education, Sex Differences
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Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Florida Educational Research and Development Council, Inc., Ft. Myers.