Motivation, responsibility and anxiety : parenting dispositions of Chinese mothers

Guo, Karen 2016, Motivation, responsibility and anxiety : parenting dispositions of Chinese mothers, Asia-Pacific journal of research in early childhood education, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 1-19, doi: 10.17206/apjrece.2016.10.1.1.

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Title Motivation, responsibility and anxiety : parenting dispositions of Chinese mothers
Author(s) Guo, KarenORCID iD for Guo, Karen
Journal name Asia-Pacific journal of research in early childhood education
Volume number 10
Issue number 1
Start page 1
End page 19
Total pages 19
Publisher Pacific Early Childhood Education Research Association
Place of publication Seoul, South Korea
Publication date 2016-01
ISSN 2233-5234
Keyword(s) disposition
child rearing
Summary One of the key principles in the ideology which underpins education is the value of children’s family experience. Central to this idea is the view of parents as important. Parenting has become a vital dimension in contemporary education. Parenting discourses traditionally focus on such concepts as parenting style, approach, attitude or practice. The main consideration behind these concepts is what parents appear to be doing at a single point of time, referring to parenting per se. This paper takes on the notion of disposition in order to understand urban Chinese mothers’ habitual and characteristic ways of child rearing. It presents evidence to show that a group of Chinese mothers had parenting dispositions of motivation, responsibility and anxiety. Data came from a series of conversations between 50 Chinese mothers of preschool children and five early childhood teachers through a synchronous online text chat. In the process of consulting the early childhood teachers, the parents expressed many concerns, questions and views of childrearing and early childhood education, thereby providing evidence about their thinking and behaviour. Drawing on the concept of ‘disposition’, the study provides insights into the common thinking threads that characterized Chinese parenting and the ways those threads were woven into their disposed approaches to child rearing and early education.
Language eng
DOI 10.17206/apjrece.2016.10.1.1
Field of Research 130102 Early Childhood Education (excl Maori)
1301 Education Systems
Socio Economic Objective 930103 Learner Development
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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