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ERIC Number: ED279432
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986
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Kindergarten: What Do Parents Want?
Webster, Loraine; Wood, Robert W.
Due to controversy over what constitutes an appropriate kindergarten curriculum, parents were asked directly what they wanted kindergarten to provide for their children. A 15-item questionnaire focusing on common kindergarten teaching practices was sent to parents of kindergarten children who attended 100 elementary schools in South Dakota. Content of questionnaire items ranged from highly organized formal teaching approaches such as teaching beginning reading to developmental activities such as time for free play. Information dealing with sex of respondent, type of family, and eduational level was also requested from the parent. Space was provided for the parent respondent to add comments. Over 2,200 questionnaires from 92 schools were returned. Results indicated parents wanted schools to provide a kindergarten curriculum with both academic and developmental components. Teaching phonics and the alphabet, and teaching counting and number recognition were the two common kindergarten teaching practices considered most necessary. A total of 30 percent or more of the parents considered it to be unnecessary to teach social studies, science, or to provide sizeable blocks of time for free play. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: South Dakota