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ERIC Number: EJ788416
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 15
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-0300-4430
Mothers' Plans for Children during the Kindergarten Hold-Out Year
Noel, Andrea M.; Newman, Joan
Early Child Development and Care, v178 n3 p289-303 2008
Interviews with 15 mothers were analyzed to investigate how these mothers, who chose to delay their child's kindergarten entry, organized their children's environments during the hold-out year. Previous analyses of the interviews identified two categories of mothers, who were substantially different in their decision-making. In the current paper we report that the two groups were also notably different in the activities they organized during the hold-out year. A maturational theory valuing "the gift of time" characterized one category of mothers; the others were motivated by a philosophy that gave them a more active role in shaping their child's experiences and environment. Understanding the implications of these contrasting theories allows educators to select approaches that are effective for each group. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Kindergarten; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York