Pre-education in Singapore: are there ethnic differences in parental attitudes?

Frewen, Amie (2012) Pre-education in Singapore: are there ethnic differences in parental attitudes? In: Presentations from the XXX International Congress of Psychology. From: XXX International Congress of Psychology, 22-27 July 2012, Cape Town, South Africa. (Unpublished)

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The aim of the present study was to test the hypothesis that parents from a Chinese background would have higher academic expectations and parental involvement than parents from other Asian backgrounds and that these differences would be evident from before formal schooling commenced. A total of 244 parents living in Singapore completed an online survey including the Child Rearing Beliefs Scale (Okagaki & Sternberg, 1993), rating of Parental Involvement (Reynolds, 1992), a diary of a typical week for their child's academic and non academic activities, and demographics items. Ethnicity was divided between Chinese (n=124) and Others (n=120), i.e., Malay, Indian and Eurasian). This study's surveying responses were gathered between November 2011 and January 2012. Ethnic differences were found in parental beliefs and involvement scores. Specifically, Chinese scored significantly lower on the Child Rearing Beliefs Scale and Parental Involvement ratings than Others. Furthermore, ethnicity was found to be a significant predictor of parental beliefs and involvement after controlling for sex, education and income.

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Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2012 05:54
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930104 Moral and Social Development (incl. Affect) @ 100%
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