Revista INFAD 2012


Nº1, Vol. 1, pp. 93-102 doi:  en trámite
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Do pré-escolar ao 1º ciclo do ensino básico: experiências e vivências da transição.

João Silva / Madalena Melo. pp. 93-102


 Getting into elementary school is recognized as a significant mark in children’s the life and development. The way has this process, generator of ambivalent feelings, will be experienced will have major impacts in future situations of transition. This study aims to understand expectations and experiences of transition from kindergarten to elementary school. Data was obtained through semistructured interviews, performed at 12 children of the kindergarten and 25 of the elementary school. Afterwards, using the software QSR NVivo 7, we constructed a grid of content analysis. The feelings in relation with the transition process were collected from cards that represent those feelings, and also quantified. Results show that the primary impacts arising from the transition are related with lost/wins of friendship, change of physical space and the important role of parents/responsible for education at the first days of school. Both groups show mixed feelings characteristic of the studied process. Getting into school may be seen as a huge challenge and also as an opportunity to develop, and should be used wherever necessary, the appropriate psychoeducative interventions.

Keywords: school transitions, early development, feelings, kindergarten, elementary school

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