Journal article

Early childhood professionals' perceptions of children's school readiness characteristics in six countries

Frank Niklas, Caroline Cohrssen, Masa Vidmar, Robin Segerer, Sandra Schmiedeler, Rolf Galpin, Vera Valeska Klemm, Simone Kandler, Collette Tayler

International Journal of Educational Research | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2018


The opinions of early years educators and primary school teachers regarding the school readiness characteristics (SRC) that best support a child's positive transition to school differ. The aims of our study were to determine key elements of perceived SRC and to identify the priorities of pre-service and in-service early years professionals in six countries: Australia, Austria, Colombia, Germany, Nicaragua, and Slovenia. In total, 1198 early years professionals responded to a survey that investigated perceptions of child school readiness characteristics. Independence, social skills and concentration were reported to be very important. Academic precursors and physical development were reported..

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