Gabriele FaustFranziska WehnerJens Kratzmann

Cooperation of kindergarten and primary school

Activities and attitudes of kindergarten and primary school teachers


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Inadequate coordination between the first two educational stages is regarded as a substantial disadvantage in the management of the German education system and is considered as a potential drawback on children’s educational career. One way to a better alignment is the cooperation of kindergarten and primary school prior to school entry, which could also facilitate school entry from an ecosystemic point of view. Based on the “BiKS”-Study (“Educational Processes, Competence Development and Selection Decisions in Pre and Primary School Age”) this paper presents cross-sectional results regarding cooperation activities and includes background information. Kindergarten teachers (n = 77) and primary school teachers (n = 68) were asked to answer questions about common activities run by their institutions and their attitudes towards the cooperation. The two most important activities are also the most common ones: future school beginners visiting a primary school and information exchange between kindergarten and school teachers. More seldom are activities including parents. The cooperation was highly estimated by both groups of respondents with characteristic differences. Apart from one school, all institutions are involved in cooperation activities, however, the extent and frequency of the measurements differ considerably.

Kindergarten; Primary school; Cooperation