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ERIC Number: ED294686
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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Parental Perceptions and Practices Regarding Kindergarten Retention.
Soto, Lourdes Diaz
An investigation was made to ascertian perceptions and practices of parents whose children had been retained in kindergarten as well as parents' perceptions of their child's reaction to being retained. Also collected were data on the demographic characteristics of the families and their children. Specifically, data were obtained by means of a questionnaire focusing on parental agreement or disagreement, parental feelings, perceptions of the experience for the child, teacher's role, child's reaction to the experience, effects on parenting, effects on daily family life, and the person responsible for the retention decision. The questionnaire was sent to 40 families from a school district in Florida who differed widely in socioeconomic status; 10 families responded. Findings indicated that parents: (1) felt that the teachers had their child's best interest in mind; (2) believed the decision to retain their child in kindergarten would have positive effects for the child, especially with regard to socialization; and (3) appeared to agree with the decision, but felt angry, embarrassed, and overwhelmed. It is concluded that it is beyond the scope of the classroom teacher to provide the emotional support needed by the families. Recommendations for intervention are offered, as are ethical and legal implications of retaining ethnically diverse children. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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