The Concept Of School Readiness In Kindergarten

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The Concept of School Readiness in Kindergarten
Lincove, J. A., & Painter, G. (2006). Does the Age That Children Start Kindergarten Matter? Evidence of Long-Term Educational and Social Outcomes. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 28(2), 153-179. The article “Does the Age That Children Start Kindergarten Matter? Evidence of Long-Term Educational and Social Outcomes” authored by Jane Lincove and Gary painter explains the social and long-term educational outcomes of children starting school at an early and late age. Notably, the authors evaluate the effects of redshirting on the academic performance of a child. Redshirting is a situation where a child is delayed by one year and joins kindergarten at an age above the recommended six years.
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In this respect, the researchers used a longitudinal study with 10 children in different geographical sites. The children’s development was assessed from birth to third grade to measure variable such as cognitive-academic functioning and social-emotional functioning among children enrolled to kindergarten at different ages. The research revealed that children that start schooling at an older age perform better that younger students. Notably, students that start school at an older age advance better that younger students and perform better at third grade than students that started schooling at a younger age. As such, the use of age as a predetermining for admission, with respect to a child’s cognitive academic functioning is valid. However, the age at which children enroll for Kindergarten classes did not have any effect on their social-emotional functioning. The findings in this article are interesting because they are inconsistent with most conclusions that age does not matter in the academic achievement of a child. Therefore, it will provide a different angle of analysis in my research. Furthermore, unlike most articles, the authors analyzed other variables such as family background and the nature of a child’s upbringing in their analysis of the effect of age on a child’s academic progress. Therefore, the paper provides a detailed approach to the analysis of my research

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