Children's Passage from Kindergarten to Primary School: An Action-Research through Family and Kindergarten Cooperation

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In this article we refer to the cooperation between university researchers, kindergarten teachers and parents in order to plan a research of action and intervention so as to facilitate the normal passage of the children from the Kindergarten to primary school. In this project sixty families took part.
The data analysis within the scope of the descriptive research shows that this cooperation is characterized by three themes:
a. The project participants for the children passage from kindergarten to primary school are different as far as the passage practices are concerned.
b. Parents and kindergarten teachers shared through practice positive opinions about not only the activities of the project but also about the roles they played.
c. Kindergarten teachers were considered as an important support source for the normal children passage but also supportive for the parents.

Extracts from the participants’ impressions in the research-action, substantiate the value of such a cooperation, while they clarify its character offering more comprehension.

Keywords: Kindergarten, Primary School, Children's Passage, Cooperation, Family
Stream: Educational Leadership and Management
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Children's Passage from Kindergarten to Primary School

Prof. Maria Sakellariou

Assistant Professor, Department of Early Childhood Education, University of Ioannina
Ioannina, Ioannina, Greece

I have graduated from the Department of Theology in 1987 and finished my two years postgraduate studies in Pedagogic in 1989. I have graduated from the Department of Early Childhood Education and Care at the TEI of Thessaloniki in 1993. During the academic year 1990/91 I finished my postgraduate studies in Pedagogic at the University of Zurich. From 1995 to 2003 I have worked as teacher at a High school. In 2001 I finished my PhD thesis on “The Christian Education at the Preschool age”. Now, I am working as Assistant Professor at the Department of Early Childhood Education, University of Ioannina. My teaching and research objectives are Preschool education, Social Pedagogic, Didactic of social and ethical education. My interests are extended to intercultural education, environmental ethics and environmental education. I have published an important number of papers as well as a book about social pedagogic and as co-author three other useful manuals for praxis at the early childhood schools.

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