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An Examination of Concepts of School Readiness among Parents and Educators in Ireland



This research project explores concepts of school readiness as they are understood by parents, pre-school practitioners and primary school principals and teachers. Drawing on an ecological framework, the project will examine how ‘school readiness’ is understood and how it relates to culture, history and values. It is concerned with three overlapping spheres of influence: the macro-level (policy), the micro-level (pre-school/primary school) and the meso-level (home/pre-school /primary school inter-relationships). A mixed methods approach is adopted to investigate these intersecting levels of influence, consisting of in-depth focus group interviews with parents, staff and children in 6 primary schools and their associated early years settings and a broader survey of 250 primary schools and 250 early years settings. The findings from this empirical work will be analysed through an ecological lens, taking national and international policy and research into account. Recommendations for policy will be made based on this analysis.

Commissioning Unit in DCYA:  Early Years Education Principal Investigators

Research Contacts (Joint):     Dr Emer Ring (MIC) 
                                            Dr Máire Mhic Mathúna (DIT)

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