Grandparents as educators and carers in China

Nyland, Berenice, Zeng, Xiaodong, Nyland, Chris and Tran, Ly Thi 2009, Grandparents as educators and carers in China, Journal of early childhood research, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 46-57, doi: 10.1177/1476718X08098353.

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Title Grandparents as educators and carers in China
Author(s) Nyland, Berenice
Zeng, Xiaodong
Nyland, Chris
Tran, Ly ThiORCID iD for Tran, Ly Thi
Journal name Journal of early childhood research
Volume number 7
Issue number 1
Start page 46
End page 57
Total pages 12
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2009-02
ISSN 1476-718X
Keyword(s) China
early education
young children
Summary Many grandparents play a significant role as educators and carers of children in the preschool years. Recently, this role has become the focus of much early childhood research as challenges facing grandparent carers and grandparent-headed households increasingly become an economic and social issue. Using survey data from China we explore the role of grandparents who have a primary care responsibility for a young child and discuss this contribution to the family in relation to quality of care and education. We argue that grandparents play a significant role in terms of home education of the young, workforce support for young parents, cultural identity within families and community capacity building. Grandparents are therefore deserving of more sustained attention from policy makers and educators when considering the young child's developmental environment.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1476718X08098353
Field of Research 130102 Early Childhood Education (excl Maori)
130302 Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education
Socio Economic Objective 930102 Learner and Learning Processes
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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