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


Discussion #4

Note: Reponses to these questions should be word processed, not handwritten. Discussion assignments must be turned during the class that the issue is discussed. No late assignments will be accepted. Partial credit may be assigned for attendance at discussion sessions without completion of the discussion assignment.

Use the readings on ECE and school readiness to respond to the following guiding and reflection questions.

1) What arguments does Barnett (2005) make for the need for preschool programs? What benefits does he identify? Can you see any disadvantages to preschool programs?

2) According to Barnett, what qualifies as quality preschool (benchmarks). Given your reading on child care issues, would you add anything to this list?

3) Bowman (2009) finds that public opinion about early education has increased. What reasons does she give for this increase?

4) According to Graue (2006), what are some of the ways that readiness is framed or used by society? How does she define readiness, and what problems does she identify in assessing readiness?

5) Graue concludes with a new model of readiness. How is this model different from a  model focusing solely on an individual child?

6) Provide a brief overview of the method and results of Umek et al.'s study.  What implications do these results have about the need for preschool programs for young children?

7) Given what you have read, what sorts of recommendations or advice might you give to a parent about developing readiness in his/her child?

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California State University, Sacramento
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Updated: January, 2012

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