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ERIC Number: EJ921699
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 32
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 110
ISSN: ISSN-0002-8312
From Child's Garden to Academic Press: The Role of Shifting Institutional Logics in Redefining Kindergarten Education
Russell, Jennifer Lin
American Educational Research Journal, v48 n2 p236-267 Apr 2011
The impermeability of schooling to reform is a frequent conclusion of studies of educational organizations, but historical accounts suggest that kindergartens have undergone significant transformation. Once a transitional year emphasizing child development, kindergarten now marks the beginning of formal academic instruction. Guided by institutional theory, this article explores the evolution of public discourse about kindergarten by analyzing newspaper articles, policy documents, and professional association activities. I argue that the media advanced academic messages about kindergarten before state activism, while the state later embedded an academic model in policy. The case of kindergarten surfaces general implications for understanding educational change, highlighting how new ideas and practices are advanced by a diverse set of actors in the organizational field. (Contains 7 notes, 3 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Kindergarten
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California