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ERIC Number: EJ1098824
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1350-293X
Transition to School: Revisiting the Bridge Metaphor
Huser, Carmen; Dockett, Sue; Perry, Bob
European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, v24 n3 p439-449 2016
Policymakers, researchers and educators around the world have acknowledged the importance of children's transition to school, both as a significant life event and as a factor in future engagement with education. As a result, much attention has been directed towards researching transition experiences, developing policies to support positive transitions, and implementing a range of transition practices and programmes aimed to promote effective transitions. At the heart of many of these has been the notion of transition as a bridge between the worlds of home, or prior-to-school services, and school. This article explores the metaphor of the bridge between prior-to-school and school settings, drawing on theories of rites of passage and border crossing, and the application of this to the transition to school. Using examples from the German "Brückenjahr" project ("The bridge year project") and the Australian and international "Transition to School: Position Statement," we critique and examine the bridge metaphor.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia; Germany
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