ERIC Number: ED389432
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Sep
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Some Aspects of the Relations between Parents and Preschool.
This paper discusses parents' perspectives on child care as they affect research approaches. Consideration of the parents' perspectives and socioeconomic positions allows a better assessment of parents' interest in their children's preschool education. Parents fulfill many roles within their families and society at large. These demands lead to organization and prioritization of concerns. Parents differ socially, economically, and culturally. Based on the varying conditions faced by parents, research questions discussed in this report are: (1) what position the parent's interactions with child care take in their life situation; (2) what attitudes and conceptions of child care parents hold, and what information, in what form, they want about child care; (3) what expectations parents have regarding child care; and (4) how active parents wish to be, and what influence they want to have over their children's preschool situation. The area of influence represents an intriguing question, particularly because parents frequently enter into this role when there is some conflict to be resolved, but then recede from it when the conflict has subsided. Four levels of parent cooperation or influence in child care include: (1) participating in decisionmaking; (2) discussing decisions; (3) making proposals; and (4) accepting information. (JW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at the European Conference on the Quality of Early Childhood Education (5th, Paris, France, September 7-9, 1995).