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ERIC Number: EJ1136157
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0256-8543
Impact of Culture Context on Perceptions of Arab and Jewish Early Childhood Education Students Regarding Early Childhood Education and Care
Zimet, Gila Russo; Gilat, Itzhak
Journal of Research in Childhood Education, v31 n2 p281-294 2017
The study examined intuitive perceptions of early childhood education students regarding education and care of children from birth to age 3 in Jewish and Arab societies. Research included 182 education students majoring in early childhood at three Israeli colleges. Data were collected via a questionnaire covering five topics: What is the most influential year in child development? What aspects make the greatest contribution in influencing child development? What care and education setting makes the greatest contribution? What roles of the individual in charge of child care contribute to the child's care and education? and What are the desirable ways of coping with children's distress? The results showed differences in perspectives in all five questions, which were primarily caused by cultural differences. The authors saw that though both cultures reside in the Israeli society and share common approaches, cultural environment still has an effect on their perceptions regarding the first year, the areas of emotion, and the child's welfare. This study contributes to the understanding of the preparation of the early childhood caregiver, while emphasizing the important impact of the cultural context on the perceptions of Arab and Jewish caregivers in Israel.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Israel
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