ERIC Number: ED310852
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Effects of Kindergarten Scheduling: A Summary of Research. Research Brief.
Bickers, Patrick M.
Intended for principals, teachers, parents, and others, this research brief traces the historical development of the kindergarten in the United States, summarizes recent reviews of the kindergarten scheduling literature, and presents the findings of nearly 50 studies conducted to assess the relative effects of kindergarten scheduling on student achievement and behavior, parental and educator attitudes, and program cost. Synoptic tables are provided so that the reader can quickly ascertain the purpose, methodology, and findings of each summarized study. Specifically, after the definition of terms and the historical material, sections review surveys made in 1925, 1961, 1967, and 1985, summarize recent reviews of the literature, and compare full-day versus half-day schedules and alternate day versus half-day schedules. The comparisons are designed to provide educational decision makers with the most up-to-date information and research findings available on the relative advantages and disadvantages of the different approaches to scheduling. Based on the findings, conclusions point out merits of the alternative schedules. A total of 20 books and 17 articles are cited, in addition to 50 citations of studies for review. (RH)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Comparative Analysis, Educational History, Kindergarten, Literature Reviews, Parent Attitudes, Primary Education, Program Costs, Student Behavior, Teacher Attitudes
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Educational Research Service, Arlington, VA.