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ERIC Number: ED445814
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Sep
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
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Transition to School.
Brostrom, Stig
Noting the importance of young children's school readiness, the Danish Ministry of Education initiated transition activities to help preschoolers make a successful transition to kindergarten. This study examined Danish teachers' understanding of and attitudes toward transition activities. The study's questionnaire listed 32 typical transition activities which respondents judged as "a good idea" or "not a good idea." Respondents also noted if they saw any barriers related to the implementation of the "good" ideas. Participating in the study were 240 preschool teachers, kindergarten teachers, elementary school teachers, or leisure time teachers from an original sample of 600. The findings indicated that teaching staff expressed a positive attitude to transition activities, with about 75 percent of the teachers judging as "a good idea" about three fourths of the transition activities such as mutual visits, some shared activities, meetings, and conferences. Only about 60 percent viewed coordinating curricula or teaching as a good idea. Teachers expressed a distinct understanding and interest on almost all transition activities. Compared to other groups, preschool teachers viewed less positively reading other programs' documents, having meetings on educational practice, and coordinating curricula. Preschool teachers viewed shared meetings with parents more positively than did kindergarten teachers. In a comparison of findings with those of a comparable survey of American kindergarten teachers, fewer Danish than U.S. educators viewed coordinated curricula as a good transition idea. Common barriers identified by the Danish respondents included lack of time, lack of resources, too many schools to cooperate with, and professional secrecy. (Contains 31 references.) (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Denmark; United States