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ERIC Number: ED390527
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
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Parental Resistance to Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Thailand.
Dunn, Loraine; Dasananda, Salinda
Thai parental attitudes about educational practice was explored in this study. Particularly, the situations between Thailand and the United States are compared. Similar to the struggles over developmentally appropriate practice in the United States, many parents in Thailand have resisted implementation of the guidelines articulated by the Thai government. The result of a survey showed that the location of the schools was the most important factor in Thai parents' enrollment decisions, similar to their United States counterparts. Thai parents placed a high value on the teaching of academic skills, but they ranked the provision of care the lowest. Associations between parental attitudes and expectations were examined. Thai parents who considered the quality of curriculum as important were unlikely to have high expectations for child care. Parental characteristics and education emerged as a mediating factor. More highly educated parents were more likely to value developmentally appropriate practices and to feel that kindergarten programs should promote children's development than less well-educated parents. This study suggests that parents need to be educated about the benefit of developmentally appropriate practice. (WP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Thailand