Trends in construction of transition to school in three western regions 1990-2004

Petriwskyj, Anne, Thorpe, Karen J., & Tayler, Collette P. (2005) Trends in construction of transition to school in three western regions 1990-2004. International Journal of Early Years Education, 13(1), pp. 55-69.

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The construct of school readiness that focuses on children's maturation and homogeneity of their attainment at school entry has been challenged by recent research. This research indicates that there are difficulties in assessing young children's abilities, and there are limitations to the concomitant practice of retention. These challenges have prompted attempts to re-conceptualise entry to school as a process of transition. However, transition has variously been conceptualised as: a set of teacher practices in a time-limited period around school entry; a process of establishing continuity from home to school; and a multi-layered, multi-year experience. An analysis of academic literature from 1990-2004 in U.S.A., Australia/New Zealand and Europe was undertaken to identify trends in the conceptualisation of transition to school. The analysis suggests a trend towards more complex understandings of transition emphasizing continuity of children’s experience, partnership with stakeholders, and system coherence across extended time periods. However, more limited constructions persist in the academic literature, particularly in U.S.A. and Australian/New Zealand.

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ID Code: 14248
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: transition, school entry, early years
DOI: 10.1080/09669760500048360
ISSN: 0966-9760
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education (130302)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood & Inclusive Education
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Taylor & Francis
Deposited On: 31 Jul 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:10

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