Child Development 145 (01; 66-69) - Hembree
Controversial Issues in Child Development
Spring, 2012 


Early Education and School Readiness

I. Early Education

A. Historical Overview



B. Changes in Attitudes




C. "Preschool" vs. "Child Care"




D. Discussion



II. School Readiness

A. Theoretical Views of readiness

1. Maturational


2. Nativist



3. Piagetian



4. Learning



5. Relational/Systems




B. Issues in school readiness

1. Conceptualization




2. Measurement/Assessment





3. Implementation/retention





C. Predictors of school readiness

1. Family factors




2. Preschool and early environments



  • e.g., Umek et al.




3. Social factors






4. Some caveats...





III. Group Discussion


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California State University, Sacramento
College of Education
Department of Child Development

Updated: January, 2012

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