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EEO. 2014; 13(2): 481-502


An Investigation of the Opinions of Primary School Teachersí on Preschool Education and the Transition Process From Preschool to Primary School

Feyza TANTEK›N ERDEN, Dilek ALTUN.

Abstract
The aim of this study was to investigate primary school teachersí opinions regarding the importance and functions of preschool education, the transition process from preschool education to primary education, and childrenís problems related to school transition processes. First, teachers were asked to complete the Primary School Teachersí Views about Early Childhood Education Scale (N=200). In addition, 15 primary school teachers were interviewed. The results showed that there was a significant mean difference in teachersí opinions in terms of age and the department that they graduated from whereas there was not a significant mean difference regarding gender. The interview findings revealed that primary school teachers supported the efforts to expand early childhood education. They mentioned the importance of early childhood education on childrenís development. In addition, primary school teachersí expectations and comments related to early childhood education and applications were presented.

Key words: Primary school teachers; opinions; preschool; primary school transition process


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