ERIC Number: ED253345
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
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"Ready or Not, Here They Come": A Sourcebook on Developmental Readiness for Parents, Teachers, and School Boards.
King, Marian J.
This review discusses the literature on developmental readiness for school. Specifically included are annotations of articles on the following topics: academic failure and grade retention, failure and retention for immaturity alone, the concept of developmental readiness, chronological versus developmental age, testing of developmental readiness, procedures to follow when a child's developmental readiness is questioned, the results of "overplacement," and ways to set up a developmental readiness program. The document also includes two sample presentations on developmental readiness, one for parents and teachers and one for school boards. The final section contains a summary of the grade retention studies reviewed and offers conclusions and recommendations. In particular, it is concluded that: (1) chronological age gives no assurance of a child's readiness to undertake schoolwork; (2) children who are delayed in overall maturation can be predicted to fail academically; (3) repeating a school year for reasons of immaturity is a "gift of time" for the child; and (4) developmental readiness screening tests can predict future academic success or failure. Recommendations are given for implementing school retention policies, changing the age for school admission, instituting transitional pre-kindergarten or pre-first-grade classes, and informing educators and the community of the developmental readiness literature. Directions for future research are also proposed. (CB)
Descriptors: Age Grade Placement, Annotated Bibliographies, Cognitive Development, Elementary School Students, Grade Repetition, Kindergarten Children, Literature Reviews, Maturity (Individuals), Parent Materials, Primary Education, School Entrance Age, School Readiness, School Readiness Tests, Social Development, Student Development, Student Placement
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
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Audience: Practitioners; Parents; Policymakers
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