Early Childhood Education Journal

, Volume 32, Issue 4, pp 221–227 | Cite as

“I have a Preschool Buddy” Exploring the Role of High School Students in Facilitating the Pre-academic Skills and Social Development of Preschool Children

  • Mark Steven Brown

The purpose of this research is to explore the role of a director of a preschool program who mentors and trains high school students to teach and work directly with preschool children in the context of individual lessons, small group activities, and large group instruction. This participant-observer research study also examines how the director assesses the high school students’ ability to work effectively with the preschoolers they are assigned to teach and addresses the pre-academic and social learner outcomes for these children in this unique preschool program. Parent feedback pertaining to preschool learning outcomes is also examined.


high school students preschoolers mentoring developmentally appropriate practices 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Special EducationEastern Illinois UniversityCharlestonUSA

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