Primary school/education

Richards, Colin (2013) Primary school/education. In: McCulloch, Gary and Crook, David, (eds.) The Routledge international encyclopedia of education. Routledge, Taylor & Francis, London, UK, pp. 452-454. Full text not available from this repository.

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More so than other phases, primary school/education is context-specific, which makes generalisations across countries particularly hazardous. It is a designated stage within education systems and is aimed, in theory at least, at all children of a specified age range. That age range varies from country to country. For children, entry to primary education may be as early as age four or as late as age seven. The end point of primary education is usually age 11 or 12. Primary education is usually considered as the first compulsory stage of mass education but in practice many children in Third World countries, especially girls, do not attend primary schools or only do so for only limited periods of time.

Item Type: Book Section
Publisher: Routledge, Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9780415749237
Departments: Academic Departments > Institute of Education (IOE) > Non-Initial Teacher Education (Non-ITE)
Additional Information: Colin Richards contributes the definition for 'Primary school/education' in this encyclopedia.
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Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2018 16:07
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2024 12:01
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