Disparities in School Readiness : How Families Contribute to Transitions Into School


Disparities in School Readiness : How Families Contribute to Transitions Into School



Edited by Alan Booth, Ann C. Crouter.

Includes a chapter co-authored by College at Brockport faculty member Elliot B. Weininger: The context of school readiness : social class difference in time use in family life.

Significant disparities exist in children's behavioral and learning capacities that support successful transitions into school. In this new volume, leading researchers from a variety of disciplines review the latest data on how families influence their children's transitions into school. The inequalities that exist in school readiness, the roots of the inequalities, and the ways in which families exacerbate or minimize these inequalities, are explored. The book concludes with a review of policies and programs that represent the best practices for how families, schools and communities can address these disparities.
Each of the following topics is explored through a lead essay followed by three critiques: Inequalities in school readiness and the community, school, and family characteristics that contribute to these inequalities ; Family processes and contextual conditions that impact the acquisition of literacy, numeracy, language, and cognitive skills ; The role that extracurricular activities play in shaping children's school achievement, including differences based on gender, ethnicity, race, and socioeconomic status ; Family processes underlying the development of behavioral control and its impact on school readiness.
Disparities in School Readiness paints a compelling, interdisciplinary portrait using a variety of types of data and data sets, including longitudinal data from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development's Study of Early Childhood and recent analyses of the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study from the National Center for Education Statistics. Interdisciplinary in nature, this new book appeals to researchers in family studies, human development, education, psychology, social work, sociology, economics, and public policy interested in improving children's school transitions.



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Publication Information

New York : Lawrence Erlbaum, c2008.

xiii, 335 p. : illustrations ; 24 cm.

Series: The Penn State University family issues symposia series.






Located in Drake Library at: LB1132 .D57 2008

CONTENTS: Being unready for school : factors affecting risk and resilience / George Farkas and Jacob Hibel -- In search of meaning : disentangling the complex influences on children's school readiness / Michael Lopez and Sandra Barrueco -- Explaining the gap in school readiness / Jane McLeod -- Farkas and Hibel, and a transactional ecological model of readiness and inequality / Lynne Vernon-Feagans ... [et al.] -- Reply to Lopez and Barrueco / George Farkas and Jacob Hibel -- Family processes that support school readiness : specific behaviors and contextual conditions that set this process in motion / Susan Landry and Karen Smith -- Study of the effects of parenting on aspects of brain growth and development relevant to school readiness : a work in progress / Clancy Blair -- Genetic source of reading disability and a proposal to use NLSY-Children to study genetic and environmental influences on reading disability genetic and environmental influences on reading disability / Guang Guo and Jonathan Daw -- Proximal processes in school readiness / Kyle Snow -- The context of school readiness : social class difference in time use in family life / Annette Lareau and Elliot Weininger -- Cultural versus social class contexts for extra-curricular activity participation / Diane Hughes -- Linking social class to concerted cultivation, natural growth and school readiness / Sandra Hofferth -- Organized activity participation for children from low- and middle-income families / Joseph Mahoney and Jacquelynne Eccles -- Child characteristics and family processes that predict behavioral readiness for school / Susan Campbell and Camilla von Stauffenberg -- Using developmental evidence on behavioral school readiness to inform prevention and policy / Hirokazu Yoshikawa and Erin Brooke Godfrey -- Behavioral unreadiness for school : issues and interventions / Ray DeV. Peters and Diana Ridgeway -- Using family-focused interventions to promote child behavioral readiness for school / Karen Bierman, Robert Nix, and Kerry Makin-Byrd -- Processes and factors influencing family contributions to school readiness / Rebecca Sanford DeRousie and Rachel Durham.

Disparities in School Readiness : How Families Contribute to Transitions Into School