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ERIC Number: ED376968
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jun
Pages: 25
Abstractor: N/A
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Quality of Kindergarten Education in Singapore: Parents' Views and Expectations.
Seng, Seok Hoon
A study investigated parents' perceptions of the quality of kindergarten education in Singapore. Subjects (437 parents from 10 kindergartens) responded to a survey on reasons for wanting their children to attend kindergarten and their choice of kindergarten. Responses were categorized according to: (1) socioeconomic characteristics of the parents; (2) factors in the choice of kindergarten such as qualified staff, good facilities, individual attention, a strong academic program, emphasis on language learning, and a good academic reputation; (3) choice between private and government-aided kindergartens; (4) parents' reasons for sending children to kindergarten; and (5) parental expectations. Findings indicated that parents generally had a fairly definite idea of the kind of kindergarten education they wanted for their children, and revealed that: (1) parents in Singapore value kindergarten education for exposing their children to a structured learning situation; (2) all parents regarded preparing children for school (acquiring basic cognitive skills and language competencies) as the most important function of kindergarten; (3) most parents considered quality more important than personal convenience or financial commitment; (4) parents from the high SES group favored private kindergartens while those from the low SES favored government-aided kindergartens; (5) high SES parents rated cognitive skills, social skills, and discipline training as more important than did low SES parents; and (6) socioeconomic factors had varying effects on parents' kindergarten decisions and expectations. (AA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Singapore