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An Exploration of Kindergarten Readiness

Shattuck, Christopher (2017) An Exploration of Kindergarten Readiness. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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A nation can take no sounder action to ensure its future wellbeing than provide its young citizens with equitable and universal access to a high-quality education. Unfortunately, educators often find that their efforts are undermined even before the year’s first roll call. Every fall, schools across America usher in new classes of kindergartners, and every year, those students arrive with extremely disparate skills shaped by their vastly different prekindergarten experiences. Lone Wolf Elementary was no different as it welcomed in the 85 kindergartners who would become the class of 2016-2017. Forty-six of the students had attended pre-k programs within the geographical borders of the Wolf Pack School District, 29 of the students had been enrolled in programs outside of the community, and the remaining 10 students arrived with no prior formal educational experience.
The study at hand examined three main foci: the ten Wolf Pack 2016/17 students with no pre-k education, their 46 classmates who attended pre-k programs within Wolf Pack’s district boundaries, and the seven local prekindergarten programs which this latter group attended. By observing these subjects, the researcher sought to gain a deeper understanding of the quality of local prekindergarten enrichment opportunities within the Wolf Pack district, the ability of all students within the community to access these opportunities, and the functionality of the relationships between these pre-k programs and the Wolf Pack School District. The driving motivation for initiating this inquiry was to identify strategies to guarantee all future students access to the high-quality pre-k opportunities.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Shattuck, Christophercvs12@pitt.educvs12
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairTananis,
Committee MemberRussell,
Committee MemberDiSanti,
Date: 30 August 2017
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 22 May 2017
Approval Date: 30 August 2017
Submission Date: 1 July 2017
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 97
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Administrative and Policy Studies
Degree: EdD - Doctor of Education
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Pre-K, Preschool, Prekindergarten, Kindergarten Readiness
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2017 18:54
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2017 18:54


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