Ready or not: investigating an early years readiness program at a Victorian primary school

Semnani-Jazani, M 2015, Ready or not: investigating an early years readiness program at a Victorian primary school, Masters by Research, Education, RMIT University.


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Title Ready or not: investigating an early years readiness program at a Victorian primary school
Author(s) Semnani-Jazani, M
Year 2015
Abstract
This research study investigated the impact of a two-year Foundation program on children’s social, emotional and academic readiness and their achievements at Sunny Bank Primary School (SBPS) in Melbourne’s northern suburbs in the City of Whittlesea. The study followed one cohort of children who commenced in the Early Years Readiness Program (EYRP) at SBPS in 2012 through to their completion of Year 1 in 2014. The participants in this study were the teachers, children and their parents in the EYRP at SBPS. The academic results in the form of AusVELS scores and end of year reports of the EYRP children were compared with those of their peers who were in the “normal Foundation” groups in 2012 and 2013, and their Grade 1 peers in 2014. The questions which guided this research were: Does the Early Years Readiness Program (EYRP) help the children to be more ready to learn? If so how? Does the Early Years Readiness Program (EYRP) help the children to strengthen their academic ability? If so how? Is there any difference between AusVELS results at the end of Year One for the children who participated in the EYRP and their peers who entered through the normal Foundation group?

In order to respond to these questions, data were collected about the social, emotional and academic readiness and progress of the children who were participants in the study. The parents and teachers who participated in this research provided information about their responses to the program and its impact on the children through face to face interviews and focus groups. In addition, a range of documents were analysed to find out more about the impact of this program on children’s achievements. The results of this study indicated that, in spite of different weaknesses that EYRP children had in their social, emotional and academic readiness for starting school, this program has benefited the children, and helped them to improve and build their confidence, maturity and abilities in different areas such as social, emotional and academic skills, and their preparedness for the normal years of schooling.

Degree Masters by Research
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Education
Keyword(s) Learning readiness
School readiness
Head start programs
Social and emotional development of children
Academic development of children
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