Family Concerns Surrounding Kindergarten Transition: A Comparison of Students in Special and General Education

Laura Lee McIntyre, Tanya L. Eckert, Barbara H. Fiese, Florence D. DiGennaro Reed, Leah K. Wildenger

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Abstract

Kindergarten transition is considered an important developmental milestone for children and families. Children with disabilities may be especially vulnerable during transition and may lack academic and behavioral readiness skills essential for kindergarten. Family concerns surrounding children's transition were explored in 132 students (n = 29 special education; n=103 general education) preparing to enter kindergarten. Caregivers responded to a survey on family experiences and involvement in transition and reported on the degree to which they were concerned about kindergarten transition. Caregivers of special education students reported significantly more concerns surrounding their child's behavior, communication, academic readiness, and overall readiness for kindergarten than did caregivers of general education students. Implications for supporting children and families during transition are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)259-263
Number of pages5
JournalEarly Childhood Education Journal
Volume38
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010

Keywords

  • Family concerns
  • Family involvement
  • Kindergarten transition
  • School readiness
  • Special education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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