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ERIC Number: EJ886902
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1533-2276
Parenting the Chinese Way in America
Wu, Echo H.; Hertberg-Davis, Holly
Gifted and Talented International, v23 n2-v24 n1 p141-145 Dec 2008-Aug 2009
This paper illustrates a case study on two Chinese American families with gifted children, and the major topic focuses on the influence of parenting beliefs and practices on children's talent development. In-depth interviews were employed to collect data from the Chinese parents who lived in America, and research questions include the daily practice of parenting, and parents' beliefs concerning how to nurture talented achievements among children. This paper starts with a narrative account of cases of two gifted children, and then examines the background of Confucian philosophy of learning and its fundamental influence on Chinese traditional parenting practices. Evidences are provided from the case study on the Chinese parents' beliefs, values, and attitudes regarding their children's talent development. Implications are discussed at the end of the paper, which draws attention to the interesting mixed strategy of the Chinese American parenting which combines traditional Chinese parental expectations with an adopted Western notion of respect for a child's own decision-making.
World Council for Gifted and Talented Children. The University of Winnipeg, 515 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 2E9, Canada. Tel: 204-789-1421; Fax: 204-783-1188; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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