The Disappearance of Child-directed Activities and Teachers’ Autonomy from Massachusetts Kindergartens

DEY -- The Disappearance of child-directed activities and teachers' autonomy from Massachusetts kindergartens

by R. Clarke Fowler, Ph.D., Department of Childhood Education and Care, Salem State University (2018)

The Disappearance of child-directed activities and teachers' autonomy from Massachusetts kindergartensThis report documents the disappearance of child-directed activities and teachers’ autonomy from MA kindergartens. While child-directed activities have been reduced across the board, the study found that high socioeconomic status schools (SES) schedule 30 minutes more daily, two and a half more hours weekly, than low SES schools. Furthermore, low SES kindergartens were more likely to have transformed child-directed activities into adult-directed activities.

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