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ERIC Number: EJ794858
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 36
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 34
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1476-718X
Ready for Success in Kindergarten: A Comparative Analysis of Teacher, Parent, and Administrator Beliefs in Hawaii
Grace, Donna J.; Brandt, Mary E.
Journal of Early Childhood Research, v4 n3 p223-258 2006
In Hawaii, state agencies and foundations are poised to support readiness efforts to improve educational outcomes for children. Developing a shared understanding of the construct of readiness is key to these efforts. The purposes of this research were to (a) discover the perceptions and beliefs held by Hawaii parents, teachers and administrators affiliated with four- and five-year-olds about children ready for school and schools ready for children, and (b) to compare these views with other research reported in the literature. Data were gathered from 24 focus group interviews and 2604 returned surveys. Both similarities and differences emerged among the role groups regarding the most valued aspects of readiness. These data are reported and discussed. This research provided a foundation for the development of a statewide definition of readiness, and for systems-level assessment tools that reflect the beliefs and values of Hawaii's early childhood community. (Contains 11 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Kindergarten
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hawaii