A cross cultural exploration of parental involvement and child rearing beliefs in Asian cultures

Frewen, A.R., Chew, E., Carter, M., Chunn, J., and Jotanovic, D. (2015) A cross cultural exploration of parental involvement and child rearing beliefs in Asian cultures. Early Years, 35 (1). pp. 36-49.

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Abstract

Parental involvement (PI) and child-rearing beliefs were examined amongst parents whose children attended state-run kindergartens across Singapore. A total of 244 parents completed an online survey consisting of a Child-Rearing Beliefs Scale, a PI Scale, and demographic details. Results indicated respondents were generally low-income earners with high rates of bilingualism. Two-thirds of parents had enrolled their kindergarten children in extra classes, with half of parents indicating that academic achievement was their highest priority. Ethnic differences were noted, with Chinese parents showing less involvement at home and school and less emphasis on the development of creative and practical skills and conforming behaviors than parents from other Asian backgrounds. This effect was independent from the effects of gender, parental education, and income. These results confirm the importance parents place on academic achievement in Singapore, but also, along with, extend prior research to suggest that inter Asian differences exist.

Item ID: 34908
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1472-4421
Keywords: Singapore, parental involvement, child rearing beliefs, Asian, kindergarten
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2014 05:41
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified @ 35%
13 EDUCATION > 1301 Education Systems > 130102 Early Childhood Education (excl Maori) @ 65%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930103 Learner Development @ 50%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930199 Learner and Learning not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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