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ERIC Number: EJ1097867
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0300-4430
Transitional Kindergarten: An Opportunity to Explore the Intersection between Early Childhood and Kindergarten Practice
Maniates, Helen
Early Child Development and Care, v186 n5 p750-763 2016
Early childhood educators are concerned about a "shovedown" of elementary school expectations, standards, and curriculum on to young children due to policy-makers' moves towards utilising preschool programmes to address disparities in academic achievement. This study employs interviews and classroom observations to contrast the perspectives of two transitional kindergarten (TK) teachers--one a former preschool teacher and one a former kindergarten teacher--to understand how they adapted practices from both early childhood and elementary education to support their students' development in TK. Key intersections include (1) developing both self-regulation and academic skills, (2) exposing students to kindergarten standards rather than teaching to mastery and (3) differentiating expectations to match children's development and interests. The study suggests that TK, operating in the hybrid space between preschool and kindergarten, has the potential to "push up" child-centred practices of early childhood educators into primary grades.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Kindergarten; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California
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