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Challenges to early childhood education in rural China: Lessons from the Hebei province
Hu,Bi Ying1; Roberts,Sherron Killingsworth2; Ieong,Sylvia Sao Leng3; Guo,Haiying4
2015-07-14
Source PublicationEarly Child Development and Care
ISSN14768275 03004430
Volume186Issue:5Pages:815-831
AbstractThis research study examined the challenges faced by early childhood education (ECE) in rural China based on a qualitative study of 217 kindergarten classrooms in a large agricultural, rural province. This study utilised onsite teacher surveys, interviews, and observational field notes. This investigation’s findings revealed important information in regard to (a) enrollment, class size, and student-teacher ratios; (b) facilities, basic furnishings, and materials; (c) teacher qualifications; and (d) curriculum and pedagogy. Kindergartens in the rural province of Hebei, typical of Chinese provinces with economically disadvantaged students and inadequate ECE funding, were found to be of poor quality across every ECE indicator measured. For the future improvement and well-being of children and their families in rural China, the authors recommend reform policy to increase ECE quality by affiliating quality kindergartens with existing elementary public school structures and to improve teacher quality by advancing teacher benefits, professional status, and professional development opportunities.
KeywordChina Early childhood Rural education
DOI10.1080/03004430.2015.1062984
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Language英语
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionFaculty of Education
Corresponding AuthorGuo,Haiying
Affiliation1.Center for Early Childhood Education and Child Development,Faculty of Education,University of Macau,,Taipa, Macau,Macao
2.School of Teaching,Learning,and Leadership,College of Education and Human Performance ED315U,University of Central Florida,,Orlando,United States
3.Faculty of Education,University of Macau,,Macau,Macao
4.Special Education Faculty,Handan College,,Handan,China
First Author AffilicationFaculty of Education
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Hu,Bi Ying,Roberts,Sherron Killingsworth,Ieong,Sylvia Sao Leng,et al. Challenges to early childhood education in rural China: Lessons from the Hebei province[J]. Early Child Development and Care,2015,186(5):815-831.
APA Hu,Bi Ying,Roberts,Sherron Killingsworth,Ieong,Sylvia Sao Leng,&Guo,Haiying.(2015).Challenges to early childhood education in rural China: Lessons from the Hebei province.Early Child Development and Care,186(5),815-831.
MLA Hu,Bi Ying,et al."Challenges to early childhood education in rural China: Lessons from the Hebei province".Early Child Development and Care 186.5(2015):815-831.
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