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Psykhe (Santiago)

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STRASSER, Katherine; LISSI, María Rosa  and  SILVA, Macarena. Time Management in 12 Chilean Kindergarten Classrooms: Recess, Snack and a Little Teaching. Psykhe [online]. 2009, vol.18, n.1, pp.85-96. ISSN 0718-2228.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-22282009000100008.

This study examined time management in 12 kindergarten classrooms from 9 Chilean schools with diverse sources of funding and socioeconomic status (SES). We conducted 33 observations in the 12 classrooms (average duration 197 minutes), and determined the amount of time devoted to different activities. More than half of the time in these classrooms was spent in non-instructional activities such as recess, snack, and managing the children's behavior. Additionally, the distribution of instructional time is not in accordance with current findings regarding the activities that are more fruitful for children's development. These results are independent of the schools' source of funding and SES.

Keywords : preschool education; kindergarten; language; literacy; time management in kindergarten.

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