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ERIC Number: ED532916
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1548-6613
Boosting Early Development: The Mixed Effects of Kindergarten Enrollment Age
Zhang, Jiahui; Xin, Tao
Online Submission, US-China Education Review A 3 p351-364 2012
This study aimed to investigate the effects of kindergarten enrollment age on four-year-old Chinese children's early cognition and problem behavior using multilevel models. The sample comprised of 1,391 pre-school children (the mean age is 4.58 years old) from 74 kindergartens in six different provinces. The results demonstrated curvilinear effects of kindergarten enrollment age on children's cognitive and behavioral performances. What parents do also matters: HLE (home learning environment) moderated the effects of enrollment age. For low HLE children, early enrollment resulted in higher cognitive performance but more behavioral problems; for children with higher HLE, moderate enrollment age was the most beneficial. The results were discussed in light of pre-school policy and practice. (Contains 5 tables.)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Kindergarten
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China