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ERIC Number: EJ787748
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-0164-8527
Some Misunderstandings of School Readiness
Elkind, David
Exchange: The Early Childhood Leaders' Magazine Since 1978, n180 p49-52 Mar-Apr 2008
The phrase "school readiness" was, until recently, most often used in connection with a child's preparedness to meet the demands of a first grade classroom. With the contemporary push down of the curriculum, readiness is now taken to mean the child's preparedness to meet the demands of kindergarten. Whether in regard to first grade or kindergarten, this way of thinking assumes that school readiness resides entirely in the child's head. It also assumes that readiness is primarily academic, namely, knowing one's letters and numbers. In addition, readiness is often taken to mean that a child has acquired his or her knowledge of numbers and letters through one or another form of academic instruction. Finally, another interpretation of readiness is that it is a matter of maturation and is related to age. While all of these ideas about readiness are understandable, they happen to be incorrect. In this article, the author discusses these misunderstandings of what readiness is all about.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1; Kindergarten
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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