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ERIC Number: EJ814176
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 31
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1040-9289
Parental Conceptions of School Readiness: Relation to Ethnicity, Socioeconomic Status, and Children's Skills
Barbarin, Oscar A.; Early, Diane; Clifford, Richard; Bryant, Donna; Frome, Pamela; Burchinal, Margaret; Howes, Carollee; Pianta, Robert
Early Education and Development, v19 n5 p671-701 Sep 2008
Research Findings: This study analyzed the school readiness beliefs of parents of 452 children from public pre-kindergarten and the relations of these beliefs to socioeconomic status and children's readiness skills. Parents conceived readiness largely in terms of the ability to name objects, letters, or numbers, but few included inferential skills. Readiness beliefs were related not to socioeconomic status but to ethnicity. Readiness beliefs about the importance of independence, social competence, nominal knowledge, and inferential skills were related in expected ways to children's skills. Practice or Policy: Infrequent inclusion of inferential skills among parents' readiness beliefs may not bode well for children. Informational programs for parents about the critical role of higher order cognitive skills and ways to promote them are needed. (Contains 4 tables and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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