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Promoting School Readiness: The Role of Culture and Family in Supporting School-Readiness Skills

Jun 28, 2016

School readiness, used here to mean strong academic performance and a successful social adjustment to school, is strongly influenced by a child’s specific culture.

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School readiness, used here to mean strong academic performance and a successful social adjustment to school, is strongly influenced by a specific child’s specific culture. The word “culture” conjures up many meanings. Here we use it to refer to the shared implicit and explicit rules and traditions (expressed through the beliefs, values and goals) of a group of people (Kalyanpur and Harry, 1999). Culture is a context within which all of our learning takes place, during the first three years and throughout our lives.

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