Factors relating to successful transition to school in Singapore: A pilot study
Clarke, C., & Yeo, L. S. (2005, August). Factors relating to successful transition to school in Singapore: A pilot study (Report No. CRP 23/03 CC). National Institute of Education (Singapore), Centre for Research in Pedagogy and Practice.
Studies on activities to ease children’s transition to school have been conducted in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the United States during the last 20 years (e.g., Dunlop & Fabian, 2003; Fabian & Dunlop, 2002; Kagan & Newman, 1998; Perry, Dockett, & Howard, 2000; Richardson, 1997). There has, however, been very little published research on this topic in Singapore except for two preschool studies reported by Clarke and Sharpe (2003). The purpose of the present study was to identify factors relating to successful transition to school in Singapore and to develop procedures and materials to support this process. The study was conducted in two phases, with two cohorts of Primary One (P1) students. Quantitative and qualitative data were collected via observations, questionnaires, focus group discussions, individual interviews with the pupils, their parents and teachers, and end-of-year school assessment results. Very few children experienced difficulties settling into school. The parents in the second cohort expressed fewer concerns about insufficient communication with teachers, suggesting that the new initiatives to increase two-way home-school communication had been effective. Parents and children were also very happy with the use of P5 buddies during the first week in school.
LB1028.25.S55 C77 2005/23
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CRP 23/03 CC