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ERIC Number: ED314181
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Sep
Pages: 140
Abstractor: N/A
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"What's Happening?": A Study of Children's Earliest Experiences in Junior Kindergarten.
Amunds, Kathleen Margaret
This case study investigated the manner in which junior kindergarten children learn to adapt to the role of student. Participant observation in a junior kindergarten class during the first 3 weeks of school was used to probe 22 children's perceptions of their first experiences as students. Particular attention was given to the way in which children reacted to, described, understood, and interpreted the events they encountered. The experiences and sequential development of one child are examined in detail. The pedagogical significance of the study arises from the assumption that young children's acclimatization to the student role may have profound effects on the way they approach subsequent school and life experiences. Children's reactions to early school experiences have important implications for the focus of educational programs. Data analyzed on recurring patterns of behavior reveal that students may not behave appropriately during prescribed routines because they possess insufficient procedural information, are exploring rule limits, or are delaying participation until they feel more competent in performing the routine. (RJC)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
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Language: English
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