Transitions in the early years: Educational and child psychologists working to reduce the impact of school culture shock

Kennedy, Emma-Kate and Cameron, R.J. and Greene, Jennifer (2012) Transitions in the early years: Educational and child psychologists working to reduce the impact of school culture shock. Educational and Child Psychology, 29 (1). pp. 19-31. ISSN 0267-1611

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The impact of young children's biological, familial and social-cultural contexts on adjustments to school life is now well established. This includes the relationship between positive transition experiences from home or an early years setting to school and later outcomes for children and young people. This paper posits that transition is best conceptualised as an interactive cultural, ecological and dynamic process; experienced differently by different children, families and educational providers based on a unique interaction of cultural characteristics, expectations and goals. The fundamental requirement for educational and child psychologists, and those with whom they work, to understand transition within an ecological and dynamic framework is highlighted. Evidence-informed strategies which may be employed to minimise the potentially adverse impact of such a change for young children are discussed, with an emphasis on Ready Schools. Local case studies are described to illustrate these arguments. Finally, the paper explores key issues faced by psychologists applying the transitions research evidence to good practice in the current political and educational contexts

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Learning & Education > Educational Psychology
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services
Depositing User: Ms Linda Dolben
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2016 17:05
Last Modified: 22 May 2017 15:51
URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/1151

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