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ERIC Number: EJ1171855
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0300-4279
Ready, Steady, Learn: School Readiness and Children's Voices in English Early Childhood Settings
Brooks, Elspeth; Murray, Jane
Education 3-13, v46 n2 p143-156 2018
Internationally, school readiness is increasingly the rationale for early childhood education and care (ECEC). This is the case in England, yet the statutory English Early Years Foundation Stage framework for children 0-5 years also requires practitioners to listen to children's voices: discourse indicates dissonance between school readiness and listening to children's voices so this paper discusses an intrinsic case study that investigated beliefs and practices of 25 practitioners in the English midlands regarding school readiness and listening to children's voices. In survey responses and semi-structured interviews, practitioners indicated they listen to--and act on--children's voices but are confused about school readiness; their beliefs and practices align more strongly with social pedagogy than pre-primary schoolification. Findings carry messages for policy-makers regarding the need for coherent policy concerning the purpose of ECEC, with practitioner training and a framework aligned fully with that policy. A larger study is indicated.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)
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