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Chinese urban and suburban parents' priorities for early childhood education practices: Applying Q-sort methodology
Bi Ying Hu; Yi Yang; Sylvia S.L. Ieong
2016-05-01
Source PublicationChildren and Youth Services Review
ISSN0190-7409
Volume64Pages:100-109
Abstract

This research examines 44 Chinese urban and suburban parents' priorities for quality early childhood education (ECE) program characteristics by applying a mixed methodology of Q-sort process and interviews in two Zhejiang cities in China. Four groups of parental views were identified, including Health and Well-rounded Development, Daily Routine and Care, Environment, and Child-centered Learning. Our findings showed that Chinese parents valued children's physical and emotional wellbeing most, as they believe laying this foundation is more important than acquiring academic knowledge and skills.The findings from this investigation contradict those of previous studies and literature in which ECE researchers described Chinese parents as unique and different from parents in the West by favoring teacher-centered teaching and learning to boost their children's initial academic achievements and prepare them well for formal schooling. We found Chinese parents preferred teachers keeping a balance between teacher-initiated and child-initiated learning. Additionally, they do not like providing children sand/water play, stuffed animals, and children-alone-time mainly because of health concerns. The paper discusses some possible reasons for the findings drawing on studies in Chinese social-cultural context and their contributions to improving ECE curriculum and practices.

KeywordParents' Priority Quality Ece Program Characteristics Q-sort Process Urban And subUrban Chinese Parents
DOI10.1016/j.childyouth.2016.03.010
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Indexed BySSCI ; SSCI
Language英语
WOS Research AreaFamily Studies ; Social Work
WOS SubjectFamily Studies ; Social Work
WOS IDWOS:000374799100012
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionFaculty of Education
Corresponding AuthorYi Yang
AffiliationFaculty of Education,University of Macau,,Taipa, Macau,Macao
First Author AffilicationFaculty of Education
Corresponding Author AffilicationFaculty of Education
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Bi Ying Hu,Yi Yang,Sylvia S.L. Ieong. Chinese urban and suburban parents' priorities for early childhood education practices: Applying Q-sort methodology[J]. Children and Youth Services Review,2016,64:100-109.
APA Bi Ying Hu,Yi Yang,&Sylvia S.L. Ieong.(2016).Chinese urban and suburban parents' priorities for early childhood education practices: Applying Q-sort methodology.Children and Youth Services Review,64,100-109.
MLA Bi Ying Hu,et al."Chinese urban and suburban parents' priorities for early childhood education practices: Applying Q-sort methodology".Children and Youth Services Review 64(2016):100-109.
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