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ERIC Number: EJ830998
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jul
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1090-1027
Crossing the Cultural Divide in Early Childhood Teacher Education Programs: A Study of Chinese Graduate Students' Perceptions of American Early Care and Education
Luo, Nili; Gilliard, Jennifer L.
Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, v27 n2 p171-183 Jul 2006
To effectively teach young children, early childhood teachers must be prepared to collaborate with families of diverse backgrounds. Studying the unique cultural contexts of children and families in American early care and education programs and communities will offer early educators information needed to develop empathy for the families with whom they wish to partner. This study investigated the attitudes of Chinese graduate students in the United States toward American early care and education programs. Chinese graduate students are a unique and growing population of approximately 189,000, 40% of whom have at least one child attending American early care and education programs. Chinese graduate students' educational expectations for their young children and reasons behind these expectations were also explored. Findings showed that participants' views of American early care and education reflected Chinese culture and life experience. In terms of American education, these Chinese graduate students compared the American programs' curricula to the Chinese national curriculum, a curriculum they successfully mastered. Implications for early childhood teacher education programs are discussed. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States