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Journal Article: The Achievement Gap in Social Studies and Science Starts Early

Categories

SOCIAL sciences -- Study & teaching (Early childhood), SCIENCE -- Study & teaching (Early childhood), CHILD development, LONGITUDINAL method, EDUCATION, ACHIEVEMENT gap, ACADEMIC achievement, first graders, kindergartners, social studies

Authors

Chapin, June R.

Published

2006

Publisher

Heldref Publications

Abstract

The article focuses on the findings of a longitudinal study which investigated social studies and science education achievement gaps in early childhood. Using the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, fifty-one science and social studies test items were combined into a General Knowledge Test. The test was administered individually to each respondent with no reading required. The analysis of the scores of the General Knowledge Test are discussed. The first years in education are critical for the development of the foundational skills and competencies of children. The skills and competencies that children need include general knowledge and social and emotional development.

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