Home-School Cooperation in Rural Kindergartens: A Survey Study with Chinese Kindergarten Teachers
Home-school cooperation in childrenâ€™s education is complex. It could be even more complex in rural contexts, due to the potential contributions of isolated location, insufficient resource, a lack of teachersâ€™ professional competence, and parentsâ€™ limited understandings about education. A questionnaire survey was designed to explore the views of 1526 Chinese rural kindergarten teachers on home-kindergarten cooperation. The purposes of the study were to analyse 1) how the rural teachers perceived and experienced their work with parents; 2) what personal and professional factors influenced teachersâ€™ perspectives; and 3) what are the similarities and differences of teachersâ€™ views. Two results emerged from the study. Firstly, common themes concerning teachersâ€™ and parentsâ€™ positive attitudes towards cooperating with each other were identified. Secondly, it is also the case that parental participation was subjected to limited cooperative activities and a lack of organizational structures in the kindergartens. The study concludes with a discussion of some implications of the positive and challenging factors for encouraging cooperative home-school relationships in rural kindergartens.
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