ERIC Number: ED356902
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar-28
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Starting School: Perceptions of Parents of Children with and without Disabilities.
Rosenkoetter, Sharon E.; Rosenkoetter, Lawrence I.
This study queried 592 parents in Florida, Kansas, and New Jersey regarding their children's upcoming transition to preschool or kindergarten. Children of 222 of the parents had disabilities. Families were selected randomly from preschool programs on state lists. Parents responded to 29 items using a 4-point Likert scale and to 3 open-ended questions. Responses on the 29 scaled items were noted for all children and compared across the following dimensions: (1) preschool entry versus kindergarten entry; (2) males versus females; (3) disabled versus nondisabled; and (4) mildly impaired versus moderately impaired versus severely impaired. Results from all parents indicated generally positive views of the upcoming transition but also indicated specific concerns by a significant minority of respondents. Primary areas of concern included children's safety on the playground, issues related to riding a school bus, children's ability to communicate and obtain needed assistance, and children's ability to participate in large groups, follow directions, and do the required school work. Both family and child eagerness for the new experience were judged by parents to be greater at age 5 than age 3. Parents of children with disabilities reported significantly less child eagerness to enter the new program and significantly more parental concerns than did other parents. (MM)
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