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What are the educational experiences of 4-year-olds? A comparative study of 4-year-olds in nursery and reception settings

McInnes, K (2002) 'What are the educational experiences of 4-year-olds? A comparative study of 4-year-olds in nursery and reception settings.' Early Years: An International Research Journal, 22 (2). pp. 119-127. ISSN 0957-5146

Abstract

In this paper the reality of educational experiences of 4-year-olds is explored across four different early years settings using a range of observation schedules and interview techniques. The impact of the National Literacy Strategy and National Numeracy Strategy on reception practice is compared to those settings not engaging with the formal aspects of these initiatives. The perceived impact of the Curriculum Guidance for the Foundation Stage is also examined and discussed. The study concludes that 4-year-olds in different types of settings appear to experience different educational realities for a number of reasons, which are discussed. How to minimise the differences between the different types of settings in order to achieve greater continuity and progression for 4-year-olds is considered.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: 4-year-olds, nursery, reception, experience, literacy
Divisions: Institute for Education
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2016 16:06
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2016 11:59
URI: http://researchspace.bathspa.ac.uk/id/eprint/8009
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