Teacher's perceptions of kindergarten programs : are they developmental?
Estrem, Laura J.
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This research examines kindergarten teachers* perceptions of their kindergarten programs in the state of Illinois. The data was collected from questionnaires from 249 kindergarten teachers whose names were obtained from a random sample of 200 superintendents from school districts across the state of Illinois. The results indicate that, in general, kindergarten programs in Illinois are focused on an academically- oriented approach. Little data supported any facet of a developmental program as supported by NAEYC's (National Association for the Education of Young Children) developmentally appropriate guidelines. No relationship was found between kindergarten schedules (full-day programs, half-day programs) and the type of program offered, nor was there any relationship found between the educational background of teachers and their types of programs. Results of this study support research that kindergarten programs are being offered to young children that are inappropriate and are not in the best interest of the young child.