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* Does attending Pre-Kindergarten lead to a greater success rate in Kindergarten?
* Is academics more important than developing the whole child?
* What advantages are achieved by students who attend Pre-Kindergarten compared to those that do not?
* Why do some parents prefer not to allow their child to attend Pre-Kindergarten?
* How does pre-kindergarten lottery selections affect readiness skills?
Parent educational level
The researcher will use the qualitative methods approach, which would be most beneficial to support the topic. In qualitative research, the numbers and types of approaches have also become more clearly visible during the 1990s and into the 21st century. Books have summarized the various types (such as the 19 strategies identified by Wolcott, 2001), and complete procedures are now available on specific qualitative inquiry approaches. Case studies are a strategy of inquiry in which the researcher explores in depth a program, event, activity, process, or one or more individuals. Cases are bounded by time and activity, and researchers collect detailed information using a variety of data collection procedures over a sustained period of time (Stake, 1995). Background/Need for the Study.
Most of the long-term research on the effects of preschool focuses on low-income children. There is very little data on any long-term benefits for middle-class children. A growing number of states have started to fund preschool programs offered at public schools, called pre-kindergarten (or pre-K) programs. Reason for interest in topic.
As a Kindergarten teacher in the public school system for over ten years, it has amazed me that some students enter Kindergarten ill prepared. Readiness skills are a key factor in a child experiencing academic success during the early years of school. The achievement gap is gradually closing within our school district. However, outreach to parents is still vital in order to help them understand the importance of early childhood learning. References.
Creswell, J. W. (2008). Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed method approaches. (3rd ed., p. 13). Sage. Stake, R. E. (1995). The art of case study research. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. Wolcott, H. T. (2001). Writing up qualitative research. (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.healthofchildren.com/P/Preschool.html.