id: 06503040
dt: a
an: 2015f.00337
au: Sarama, Julie; Clements, Douglas H.
ti: Scaling up early mathematics interventions: transitioning with trajectories
and technologies.
so: Perry, Bob (ed.) et al., Mathematics and transition to school.
International perspectives. Singapore: Springer (ISBN
978-981-287-214-2/hbk; 978-981-287-215-9/ebook). Early Mathematics
Learning and Development, 153-169 (2015).
py: 2015
pu: Singapore: Springer
la: EN
cc: D31
ut: early education; transition to school; mathematical competence;
intervention
ci:
li: doi:10.1007/978-981-287-215-9_10
ab: Summary: Transitions in the early years have substantial effects on
children’s success in school. Moreover, lack of consideration of
continuity and alignment may mislead both researchers and politicians
to assume preschool effects ‘fade’, when it may be that poor
transitions to primary school are to blame. We hypothesise that most
present educational contexts are unintentionally and perversely aligned
against early interventions. For example, primary curricula assume
little mathematical competence, so only low-level skills are taught.
Most teachers are required to follow such curricula rigidly and remain
unaware that some of their students have already mastered the material
they are about to ‘teach’. Teachers may be held accountable for
getting the largest number of students to pass minimal competency
assessments, engendering the belief that higher performing students are
‘doing fine’. In this way, we believe the present U.S. educational
system unintentionally but insidiously re-opens the gap between
students from low- and higher-resource communities. We conducted a
large cluster randomised trial of an intervention that evaluated the
persistence of effects of a research-based model for scaling up
educational interventions, with one control and two intervention
conditions. Only the intervention condition that included a
follow-through treatment to support the transition to the primary
grades maintained substantial gains of the pre-K mathematics
curriculum.
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