Addressing the attrition between the conflicting pressures experienced by teachers on the interface between Foundation Stage and Key Stage One

Orlandi, Kathleen, J. (2014) Addressing the attrition between the conflicting pressures experienced by teachers on the interface between Foundation Stage and Key Stage One. Journal of Early Childhood Research, 12 (3). pp. 294-307. ISSN 1476-718X

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Abstract

This article examines the use of naturalistic observations to explore children’s experiences in the early years at school, from their perspectives. It looks at the difficulties encountered in determining the significance of observed behaviours in relation to (a) experiences and (b) impact of those experiences. Often the children were not satisfied with their experiences. Teachers of Foundation Stage and Key Stage One were faced with a dilemma. They have three competing areas of pressure on their practice. They are encouraged to follow the interests and needs of the children, in keeping with an early years approach; they have knowledge and understanding of the long-term impact of various aspects of provision; they are subject to short-term attainment targets which, arguably, exert pressure to work towards short-term goals that may result in provision which disregards long-term consequences. It suggests the need for a critically reflective approach to professional development for teachers to enable them to address the conflicting pressures. This is essential if teachers are to feel confident and empowered, and if children are to have fulfilling and fruitful experiences.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information and Comments: "This is the author's post peer review version of an article, the final version of which is published in the Journal of Early Childhood Research, doi: 10.1177/1476718X13515420. "
Keywords: environment, experiences, Foundation Stage, Key Stage One, significance, teachers
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Education > Early Childhood
Depositing User: Philippa Williams
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2019 08:50
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2019 08:50
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/1054

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