The Concepts of School Readiness among Parents and Educators in Ireland and An Evaluation of Educational Provision for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Recorded in July 2016
Author: Centre for Early Childhood Research at Mary Immaculate College (CERAMIC)
Geographic Coverage: Ireland
Type of Resource: Methodology
Sector/setting: Education and schooling
Vulnerable groups: Children general
Developed with children and young people? Not Specified
Type of participation: Documenting participation
Availability: Open Access
Keywords: Autism Spectrum Disorder, CERAMIC, Children, Educational Provision, Educators, Evaluation, Irish Research Council, Methodological Approaches, National Council for Special Education, Parents, Participation, Research, Rights, School Readiness
The Department of Children and Youth Affairs with the Department of Education and Skills commissioned research through the Irish Research Council (IRC) to examine concepts of school readiness among parents of children availing of the free pre-school year. The views of early years educators, managers of early years settings, primary school principals and junior infant teachers were to be included. The contract for the research study was awarded by the IRC to a combined research team from Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, and the Dublin Institute of Technology.
A review of the national and international literature on the subject of school readiness was conducted, and both qualitative and quantitative methods were used to investigate the concepts, motivations and perceptions of parents and educators in relation to school readiness and school starting age.