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Copyright © 2007 by the Bernard van Leer Foundation, The Netherlands. The Bernard van Leer Foundation encourages the fair use of this material. Proper citation is requested. This publication may not be resold for profit.

The views expressed in this publication are those of the authors and are not necessarily those of the Bernard van Leer Foundation.

About the author Dr Hilary Fabian is Head of Education and Childhood Studies at the North East Wales Institute. She taught young children in England and Germany for 20 years; since 1991 she has worked in higher education in England, Scotland and Wales. Her MSc and PhD theses, books and journal publications reflect her interest in transitions, particularly children starting school,

children transferring between schools and the way in which the induction process to new settings is managed. Professor Aline-Wendy Dunlop is Chair of Childhood and Primary Studies in the Faculty of Education at the University of Strathclyde, where she leads on applied educational research and teaching and learning. After training as a primary teacher she specialised in early childhood education, latterly as a head teacher. She has researched and published in autism, early childhood and particularly in transitions – she began her longitudinal study of transitions in 1996.

Citation Fabian, H. and Dunlop, A-W. 2007. Outcomes of good practice in transition processes for children entering primary school. Working Paper 42. Bernard van Leer Foundation: The Hague, The Netherlands.

This paper is based on a background paper prepared by the authors for UNESCO’s Education for All Global Monitoring Report 2007. Strong foundations: early childhood care and education. ISBN 978-92-3-104041-2. The original paper is available in PDF format at http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0014/001474/147463e.pdf. This is the second of a series of two Working Papers based on Bernard van Leer Foundation-commissioned background papers for the UNESCO report. The first, entitled Is everybody ready? Readiness, transition and continuity: Reflections and moving forward, was published as Working Paper 41.

ISSN 1383-7907 ISBN 978-90-6195-096-7

Outcomes of good practice in transition processes for children entering primary school  

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