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ERIC Number: EJ768364
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul
Pages: 15
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0738-0593
Parental or Policy Maker Misunderstandings? Contextual Dilemmas of Pre-Schooling for Poverty Reduction in Malawi
Kholowa, Foster; Rose, Pauline
International Journal of Educational Development, v27 n4 p458-472 Jul 2007
With the move towards achieving universal primary education, focus is increasingly shifting towards early childhood development. Within this, debates are apparent between those who view education at this stage holistically, with concern that it should not be directly linked with primary schooling, and those who view it more explicitly as contributing towards achieving universal primary completion by ensuring that children will be appropriately prepared for studying at this level. Moreover, it is apparent that views of different stakeholders vary. Evidence from Malawi indicates that national policies are closely linked with the international agenda, with a focus on holistic approaches. However, parents view pre-schooling in a narrower way, as an important step towards preparing their children for studying successfully at the primary level. Rather than considering this as parental "misunderstanding", we argue that this perspective shows a greater awareness of local realities and is, therefore, more likely to support an escape from poverty.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Primary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Malawi