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ERIC Number: ED124287
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Apr-19
Pages: 10
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Early Childhood Rearing Practices in the People's Republic of China.
Alston, Frances Kemper
This paper describes and interprets observations of Chinese children made by an American early childhood educator during a 3-week visit to the People's Republic of China in 1975. It was observed that Chinese infants dispalyed no anxiety when approached by strangers. Toddlers evidenced none of the rebelliousness associated with American children of the same age, even when expected to share toys or sit in chairs for long periods of time. Caretakers gave these children consistent, affectionate physical stimulation. In the primary schools (for children aged 7-12), large group lessons and recitation as well as out of class tutoring for slow learners appeared to be planned so as to preclude failure by any child. School children were found to be friendly, bright, and spontaneous, but conforming. Their conformity is attributed to careful management of aggression in the schools and society. It is concluded that (1) some developmental landmarks which Americans accept as universal are actually culture bound, and (2) the control of competition, aggression and violence within a society does not necessarily eliminate such qualities as liveliness, initiative and self reliance, but it does appear to require the sacrificing of individuality. (CW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: China