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ERIC Number: EJ1022087
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0256-8543
Requirements of High-Quality Kindergarten Programs According to Jordanian Parents: An Exploratory Study
Abu Taleb, Tagreed Fathi
Journal of Research in Childhood Education, v27 n4 p472-484 2013
The main purpose of this study was to explore what Jordanian parents of children attending "traditional" kindergartens recognize as high-quality education programs. The sample consisted of 509 families ("N"?=?509) of kindergarten-age children. Data were collected using a three-part questionnaire: curriculum domains, teacher characteristics, and teaching approaches. Data analysis revealed that parents of kindergarten children expected high-quality kindergarten programs to focus mainly on promoting children's social skills, followed by cognitive, emotional, and academic skills. Parents also expected kindergarten teachers working in high-quality programs to exhibit fairness, patience, and kindness, and to teach through play and hands-on activities and use small groups as a main instruction approach. Several implications are drawn from the study's findings, mainly concerning regulating kindergarten services through national policies that focus on parents as partners in education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Kindergarten
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Jordan
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