Literature Review

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Literature Review: Readiness for School: A Relational Construct Abstract This literature review is originally based upon the journal article Readiness for School: A Relational Construct written by Sue Dockett and Bob Perry from Charles Sturt University and published in Australasian Journal of Early Childhood Volume 34 Number 1 March 2009. This purpose of this review is to deepen understanding of school readiness by critically analysing research literature, focusing on the meaning of school readiness and how to promote children’s readiness for school in early childhood settings. The selection of literature drew primarily on journals published between 2000 to 2012, with particular attention to Australian literature, and research in “broadly similar” countries such as the United Kingdom and the United States. Systematic searches of library and web databases were supplemented by drawing on personal networks to find relevant information. The selection of overseas literature was based on work that appeared most relevant to the research area. Introduction Starting school can create a range of potentially stressful demands on children, their families, and educators. During the transition, children need to face lots of changes, such as new identity (school student), new environment, new social experiences and different cultural influences (Fabian, 2000). It is a transition to new phase of children’s learning, development and life. How well children are prepared is important and may impacts on their future academic and occupational success (Dockett & Perry, 2001). As early childhood educators, our role is to support children to have a good start in their early childhood, and to provide continuity in experiences and enable children to have successful transition (Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations for the Council of Australian

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