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Hong Kong pre-service early childhood teachers’ attitudes towards parental involvement and the role of their family relationship quality
This study examined Hong Kong pre-service early childhood teachers’ attitudes towards different types of parental involvement strategies and investigated whether these attitudes were related to the quality of relationships within their own family. Data were collected by the authors from 163 Hong Kong pre-service early childhood teachers via questionnaire. Results showed that engaging families in school decisions was perceived as the least important and feasible. The pre-service teachers also felt least confident in implementing it. There were, however, discrepancies in the perceived levels of importance, feasibility and confidence towards other types of parental involvement strategies. The levels of cohesion and expressiveness in pre-service teachers’ own families were positively related to their attitudes towards some types of parental involvement strategies. These findings suggest that teacher educators should take pre-service teachers’ family experiences into consideration when preparing them to work with children’s families.
Updated: Jan. 21, 2020
In this article, the author focuses on recognizing humor as a powerful resource for newcomers in social settings like museums. The author discusses humor as a tool families use to help themselves feel more comfortable in museums, but also to help merge their everyday agendas with those of the museum. She used exemplars of family humor come from two different research studies conducted in different institutions. The author demonstrates that the humor seen functioned as a way to involve others, to ease the tension of not knowing a new setting, language, practice, or content, as well as to help shift authority from mediator to parent, or from parent to child.
Updated: Feb. 06, 2018
In this article, the author explores the relationships and responsibilities of family members to each other in Micronesian cultures and implications for Micronesian parent priorities that may affect their children's schooling. The system of family obligations in Micronesian cultures is described. Furthermore, the role of the family in the priorities and behaviors of Micronesian families around schooling of their children is explored. The author argues that understanding these cultural traditions may help teachers and administrators better assist immigrant Micronesian families and their children to be successful in American schools.
Updated: Mar. 02, 2011