Young children’s experiences and skills in kindergarten may shape their engagement in society later in life

From experience to meaning...

This study shows that cognitive skills and experiences like classroom-based play in kindergarten are good predictors to participation in extracurricular activities in 8th grade among children growing up in poverty. But still a bit of a warning: this study is pretty close to a causal relation, but despite the interesting longitudinal approach it’s still not 100% imho. The causal explanation is as follows – from the conclusion:

The amount of time kindergarten children spend in self-directed classroom activities predicts the number of hours in school sponsored extracurricular activities in 8th grade. Additionally, when controlling for EF and demographics, participation in school clubs in 8th grade was predicted by the interaction of the frequency of use of materials such as art, music and dramatic play and number of interest areas in kindergarten.

You can wonder how much of this time spend on arts in kindergarten isn’t influenced by e.g. the parents opting for this kind…

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