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ERIC Number: EJ794862
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 19
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-1476-718X
Starting School: Perspectives of Australian Children, Parents and Educators
Dockett, Sue; Perry, Bob
Journal of Early Childhood Research, v2 n2 p171-189 2004
Starting school is an important time for young children, their families and educators. Data gathered from interviews and questionnaire responses from approximately 300 parents, 300 educators and 300 children have been used to describe the most important issues for children, parents and educators as children start school in New South Wales, Australia. Using grounded theory, a series of categories of responses was devised that reflected the issues raised by respondents. These categories related to: "knowledge" needed to start school; elements of "social adjustment" required in the transition to school; specific "skills" to be mastered; "dispositions" conducive to a successful start to school; the "rules" of school; "physical" aspects of starting school; "family issues"; and the nature of the "educational environment". These categories and the relative value attributed to them by the different groups of respondents form the basis of this article. (Contains 2 tables, 1 figure and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia