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Alina Ivanova 1, Marina Kuznetsova 1, Sergey Semenov 2, Tamara Fedorova 3
  • 1 National Research University Higher School of Economics, 20 Myasnitskaya Str., Moscow, 101000, Russian Federation
  • 2 Center for Education Quality Assessment (Krasnoyarsk), 9 Vysotnaya St, 660041 Krasnoyarsk, Russian Federation
  • 3 Department of Secondary Education, Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Tatarstan, 9 Kremlevskaya St, 420111 Kazan, Russian Federation

School Readiness of First-Graders and Its Factors: Identifying Region-Specific Characteristics

2016. No. 4. P. 84–105 [issue contents]
Alina Ivanova - Junior Researcher, Center for Education Quality Monitoring, Institute of Education, National Research University Higher School of Economics. Address: 20 Myasnitskaya str., 101000 Moscow, Russian Federation. E-mail: aeivanova@hse.ru
Marina Kuznetsova - Candidate of Sciences in Pedagogy, Research Fellow, Center for Education Quality Monitoring, Institute of Education, National Research University Higher School of Economics. Address: 20 Myasnitskaya str., 101000 Moscow, Russian Federation. E-mail: mikuznetsova@hse.ru
Sergey Semenov - Director of the Center for Education Quality Assessment (Krasnoyarsk). Address: 9 Vysotnaya St, 660041 Krasnoyarsk, Russian Federation. E-mail: sam@coko24.ru
Tamara Fedorova - Candidate of Sciences in Pedagogy, Head of the Department of Secondary Education, Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Tatarstan. Address: 9 Kremlevskaya St, 420111 Kazan, Russian Federation. E-mail: Tamara.FedorovaT@tatar.ru

Regions of Russia enjoy substantial independence in shaping their own education systems. However, there is extremely little empirical data on the specific features of development, for instance, of preschool and elementary school children in this or that region. This situation renders it difficult to make informed decisions on corrections required to meet region-specific needs. We analyzed basic mathematical and reading abilities of preschoolers in two regional centers — Krasnoyarsk and Kazan. We applied IPIPS study, which allows assessing the skills of children starting school, to a sample of about 2,750 first-graders in the two cities. As we found out, the level of basic mathematical and reading abilities correlated most strongly with such factors as sociocultural capital, preschool learning experience, and language spoken at home. Meanwhile,
location in a specific region had virtually no impact on the skills analyzed.


Citation: Ivanova A., Kuznetsova M., Semenov S., Fedorova T. (2016) Faktory, opredelyayushchie gotovnost' pervoklassnikov k shkole: vyyavlenie regional'nykh osobennostey [School Readiness of First-Graders and Its Factors: Identifying Region-Specific Characteristics]. Voprosy obrazovaniya / Educational Studies Moscow, no4, pp. 84-105.
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