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Grace, Donna J.; Brandt, Mary E. – Educational Perspectives, 2005
In 2000, state agencies and foundations in Hawai'i were poised to support readiness efforts to improve educational outcomes for children. There was, however, a lack of shared understanding of the construct of readiness to guide these efforts. Parents, teachers, and school administrators all play a critical role in the education of young children.…
Descriptors: School Readiness, Educational Objectives, Educational Change, Parent Attitudes
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Grace, Donna J.; Brandt, Mary E. – Educational Perspectives, 2005
Early childhood educators believe that schooling for young children should focus on developing the "whole child," socially, emotionally, physically, and academically. Teaching pre-reading skills and encouraging children to read are essential steps on the path of literacy development. A narrow and persistent attention to academics is…
Descriptors: Young Children, Emergent Literacy, Reading Skills, Guides
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Grace, Donna J. – Educational Perspectives, 2005
Literacy has traditionally been associated with the printed word. But today, print literacy is not enough. Children and youth need to learn to "read" and interpret visual images as well. Film, television, videos, DVDs, computer games, and the Internet all hold a prominent and pervasive place in one's culture. Its presence in people's lives is only…
Descriptors: Critical Viewing, Media Literacy, Student Developed Materials, Video Technology