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Preparing for school: Case studies of three preparatory classrooms

Grieshaber, Susan J. (2004) Preparing for school: Case studies of three preparatory classrooms. Queensland University of Technology.

Abstract

In 2003, Queensland commenced a trial of a non-compulsory preparatory (prep) year of schooling for Queensland children. Since the start of 2003 over 1900 children from 96 state and non-state schools have taken part in trialing the preparatory year, using a play-based curriculum . The trials are helping to determine the best ways to implement the preparatory year in Queensland schools (for full details of Education Queensland’s plan for introduction of future preparatory year classes in Queensland schools, see http://education.qld.gov.au/etrf/prep.html ). Towards the end of 2004, which was the second year of trialing the preparatory year in selected Queensland schools, the principals of three trial schools agreed to take part in research to investigate how the preparatory (prep) year was working in those schools. The key aims of this research project were:

a. To gain a more in-depth view of the general operation of preparatory classes. b. To document ways in which the Early Years Curriculum Guidelines underpin teachers’ planning, teaching and assessment of students. c. To gain an understanding of the role and value of the preparatory year for its stakeholders.

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ID Code: 6855
Item Type: Report
Keywords: preparatory year, early childhood, Early Years Curriculum Guidelines, Queensland
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori) (130102)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 03 Apr 2007
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 22:39

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