ERIC Number: EJ1036283
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
The Transition to Kindergarten for Typically Developing Children: A Survey of School Psychologists' Involvement
McIntyre, Laura Lee; Eckert, Tanya L.; Arbolino, Lauren A.; DiGennaro Reed, Florence D.; Fiese, Barbara H.
Early Childhood Education Journal, v42 n3 p203-210 May 2014
Research suggests that a large percentage of kindergarten children do not successfully transition to school (Rimm-Kaufman et al. 2000). As a result, a number of school transition initiatives have been developed by educators and policy makers to address the difficulties young children may experience upon kindergarten entry. Despite this attention, our review found no studies examining the involvement of school psychologists in kindergarten transition practices. The present study reports the outcomes of a national survey of the membership directory of the National Association of School Psychologists examining school-based involvement in kindergarten transition activities; school psychologists' perceived involvement with and training in kindergarten transition activities; and school psychologists' perceived barriers to engage in kindergarten transition activities. Results showed that most schools engaged in at least one kindergarten transition activity per year, with half of the responding sample reporting involvement. School psychologists were more likely to be involved in kindergarten transition activities if they were employed in an urban locale or a large to moderate-sized school setting. School psychologists most frequently reported involvement with kindergarten screenings and collaborating with kindergarten and preschool teachers. Implications and recommendations for practice among early childhood and other educational professionals are delineated.
Descriptors: Kindergarten, School Readiness, Transitional Programs, School Psychologists, National Surveys, Training, Barriers, Participation, Geographic Location, School Size, Urban Schools, Screening Tests, Cooperative Planning, Preschool Teachers, Elementary School Teachers
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Kindergarten; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education; Elementary Education
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