Ready for What?: Constructing Meanings of Readiness for Kindergarten
This book looks at readiness from a different perspective, arguing that we must move away from the readiness-as-child characteristic so prevalent in education and the popular press. Instead, readiness is explained as an idea constructed by parents, teachers, and children as they interact in their neighborhoods and communities.
Graue describes three communities in the same school district: a middle-class, suburban town of professionals; a rural, working-class community; and a group of Hispanic, working-class families making their way through their children's kindergarten experiences. In each setting, the local meaning of readiness is the underlying theme in the actions taken by parents and their attitudes about their children's first public school experience.
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Many Views of Readiness
Trends in Policy Related to Readiness
Readiness as a Child Characteristic
A Change in the Representation of Readiness Issues
Kindergarten at Norwood
But Is He Ready?
Working Toward First Grade
Learning About Circles
The Meaning of Readiness at Norwood
Kindergarten at Rochester
And Then There are My Kids
Constructing the Researchers Role
Thomas Kindergarten Curriculum
The Kindergarten Curriculum Objectives
The District Report Card
Comparing the Core Conceptual Objectives and the Kindergarten Report Card
Kindergarten at Fulton
Getting a Good Start
Kindergarten Tasks at Fulton Elementary
Learning to Write
How Was the Meaning of Readiness Constructed at Fulton Elementary?
Closing the Gap
What is Readiness in This Situation?
Kindergarten at Fulton Norwood and Rochester
Readiness and the Kindergarten Experience
Implications for Practice
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