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ERIC Number: ED456553
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
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School Readiness or School's Readiness?
Pandis, Meeli
School readiness encompasses two different terms in Estonia: school maturity and school readiness. School maturity involves stages in growth a child experiences up to a certain level of development. School readiness involves that point in development at which a child is ready to enter school. Because children develop at different rates, ways should be found that allow pupils to develop in their own ways and in accord with their ability. Consequently, schools should take more responsibility in meeting children's individual needs; in other words, they should be ready to accept a heterogeneous student body and adjust teaching methods accordingly. Teachers can be trained in the fields of child development and teaching methodologies so they can notice difficulties and strengths of individual pupils, evaluate problems, and apply an appropriate teaching solution. Instruction should be challenging but not frustrating. Instilling motivation to learn should be among teachers' goals. Different learning profiles (styles) need to be recognized. The classroom environment should be tolerant and supportive of different and divergent opinions and critical analyses, so learners can come to understand that their opinions are valued. Teaching social norms and self-control should also be included in the curriculum. (Contains 32 references.) (RT)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Estonia