School Readiness and the Transition to Kindergarten in the Era of Accountability

by Robert C. Pianta, Martha J. Cox and Kyle L. Snow, Brookes Publishing, Baltimore, Md., 2007, 364 pp., $39.95 softcover

Bring your dictionary, thesaurus and slide rule if you plan on reading and understanding School Readiness and the Transition to Kindergarten in the Era of Accountability. This book, edited by Robert Pianta, Martha Cox and Kyle Snow, is a compilation of articles and research papers giving details of the history and current standing of preschool education.


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Even with my professional experience in K-12 education over the past two decades in a progressive state, I was left somewhat confused by this book. Even the most recent graduates of higher education do not begin to use the vocabulary and jargon used by the contributors to this book. The language makes it difficult to understand the concepts and leaves one empty when it comes to application of the ideas and data presented in the articles.

This compilation of articles of 22 authors includes such diverse headings as “Educationalizing Accelerator”; “Pediatric Chronic Outgoing Medical Conditions”; “The Roles of Emotion Regulation and Emotion Knowledge”; “A Developmental Neuroscience Approach”; and “Coding Executive Cognitive Demand.” Is it reasonable to assume practitioners in K-12 education will spend as much time researching the terms in this book as actually reading and implementing ideas in the classroom?

School Readiness and the Transition to Kindergarten in the Era of Accountability could be used as a reference for a graduate program in early childhood education, pediatrics or developmental psychology, but it misses the mark for the working professional in schools. We know what the problems are; we could use some help with solutions.

Reviewed by Jim Hattabaugh, superintendent, Mansfield School District, Mansfield, Ark.