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ERIC Number: EJ1048962
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0300-4430
The Effectiveness of Family Involvement in Early Childhood Programmes: Perceptions of Kindergarten Principals and Teachers
Ihmeideh, Fathi; Oliemat, Enass
Early Child Development and Care, v185 n2 p181-197 2015
Family involvement can no longer be considered a luxury but is rather a main component of early childhood programmes. The purpose of this study is to explore the effectiveness of family involvement in early childhood programmes in Jordan. In total, 84 kindergarten principals and 276 teachers participated in the study. To achieve the study objectives, the researchers designed a self-report questionnaire consisting of 28 items that addressed five domains: planning, implementation, evaluation, children's extracurricular activities, and communication with kindergarten. The results indicate that although principals and teachers perceived family involvement in children's extracurricular activities and communication with kindergarten domains as effective, they found family involvement in planning, implementation, and evaluation domains ineffective. The results also revealed significant differences between principals and teachers regarding the effectiveness of family involvement. Moreover, significant differences were found in principals' and teachers' perceptions due to region, type of kindergarten, training programmes, and area of certification. On the basis of this study, suggestions for improving the practice of family involvement in Jordanian kindergartens and for further research were discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Kindergarten; Primary Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Jordan
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