ERIC Number: ED475167
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
School Readiness Study.
Illinois State Dept. of Human Services, East St. Louis. Head Start State Collaboration Office.
To inform long-term planning for early care and education and school readiness within Illinois, this study examined early care and education programs emphases on school readiness as perceived by early child care and kindergarten teachers. Of particular interest were successful strategies at the early childhood level to prepare children for school, assessments to determine childrens school readiness, and early childhood and kindergarten teachers views of school readiness. Participating were 144 early childhood teachers from Illinois Child Care Subsidy programs, Head Start programs, or Illinois state prekindergarten programs, and 74 kindergarten teachers. A combination of random selection and random assignment were used to eliminate sampling bias. The two surveys incorporated the Illinois Early Learning Standards and other skills and practices identified by teachers through the studys pilot phase. Findings indicated that both early childhood and kindergarten teachers rely on a variety of assessment strategies, with kindergarten teachers relying on their observations more than twice as much as early childhood teachers. Teachers in both groups were very consistent in their preference for particular classroom materials. Both groups endorsed communication of information and encouraging children to work independently as transition practices. There was significant agreement on various instructional strategies, with some disparity among the two groups on teaching letters of the alphabet and teaching children to spell their name. Agreement was high regarding best practices in mathematics, science, creative arts, social and emotional development, and physical development and health. Data analyses suggested a need for dialog regarding the issue of rewarding children for good work, transitioning to different activities, the importance of running outside, and settings for dramatic play. (Copies of the surveys for early childhood and kindergarten teachers are appended.) (KB)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Comparative Analysis, Early Childhood Education, Educational Practices, Kindergarten, Preschool Education, Preschool Teachers, School Readiness, State Standards, State Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Young Children
IDHS Head Start State Collaboration Office, 10 Collinsville Ave., Suite 203, East St. Louis, IL 62201-3051. Tel: 618-583-2083; Fax: 618-583-2091; e-mail: email@example.com.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Illinois State Dept. of Human Services, East St. Louis. Head Start State Collaboration Office.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois