Positioning Psycho-social Development Within the Construct of School Readiness: Challenges and Opportunities

  • Meenakshi DograEmail author
  • Aparajita Bhargarh Chaudhary


This chapter focuses on the scope and significance of psycho-social development as a key domain for assessing young children’s school readiness. Given the diversity of social contexts, it reflects on its scope in terms of sub-domains and its significance for learning and development and examines the key challenges associated with its measurement in a young child and ease of use of existing measures. In this context, it cites our longitudinal research as a case in point based on which we derive implications for improving the effectiveness of psycho-social measures in the field and implications for future development of instruments to assess this domain in the context of school readiness. The chapter concludes with some suggestions for the way forward.


Early childhood School readiness Psycho-social development Measuring psycho-social development 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Meenakshi Dogra
    • 1
    Email author
  • Aparajita Bhargarh Chaudhary
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for Early Childhood Education and Development, Ambedkar University DelhiNew DelhiIndia
  2. 2.Save the ChildrenGurgaon, New DelhiIndia

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