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ERIC Number: EJ846422
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-0312-5033
Starting School--A Singapore Story Told by Children
Yeo, Lay See; Clarke, Christine
Australian Journal of Early Childhood, v30 n3 p1-9 Sep 2005
This paper offers the perspective of a group of Primary One children in Singapore on their transition from preschool to formal schooling. It examines their impressions of school expectations, adjustments in daily routine, and the best and worst aspects of school. Data obtained from a structured interview indicates that children regard school as a positive experience. Almost all had made new friends and enjoyed the larger school building and facilities. They held a very serious view of schooling, where learning held centre-stage and play took a back seat. They registered a positive view of themselves as learners. Many were concerned about school rules. Whereas the majority did not indicate anxieties about school, some expressed worries that pertained mostly to being reprimanded by teachers, the principal, and vice-principal. Implications for best practices in school transition are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Singapore