Date of Award
Specialist in Education (Ed.S.)
The education of 5-year-old children will always be a perplexing issue among parents, teachers, and administrators within the educational community. For many decades, the adults involved in the education of our kindergarten age children have debated the best methodology to use within these unique students. History reveals that kindergarten programs have traditionally been structured in a half-day setting. However, in recent years, the trend is shifting from providing a half-day kindergarten program to a program designed to utilize each minute of an entire school day. According to the Iowa Department of Education's annual report (2000) only 25% of Iowa schools offered a full-day kindergarten program during the 1985 school year. Whereas, 15 years later, 81% of the public schools in Iowa are currently offering a full-day kindergarten program.
Elwood, Kevin, "A Study of Parental Satisfaction in the First Year of a Full-Day Kindergarten Program" (2002). Student Work. 2429.