Marina Besi, Maria Sakellariou


In recent years, extensive research has been carried out concerning the transition of children from pre-school to primary school. However, little has been done in Greece. The purpose of this paper is to record the opinions of Greek teachers regarding which children are to experience difficulties in their transition to the next educational level. The survey was carried out on a sample of 1,602 teachers from the entire Greek educational domain. The tool used was a questionnaire consisted of closed-ended questions. It was also analyzed how their responses varied according to their gender and job position. Teachers believe that children with behavioral problems, learning difficulties, low self-esteem and discipline problems in the classroom, are at greater risk of experiencing a difficult transition. On the contrary, they do not consider that the gender of the children, their age and the area they live in, have a significant impact on their transition from pre-school to primary school.


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