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“So that his mind will open”: Parental perceptions of early childhood education in urbanizing Ghana
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, New York University, United States ; , University of Pennsylvania, United States ; , New York University, United States

International Journal of Educational Development Volume 57, Number 1, ISSN 0738-0593 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd

Abstract

As policy makers and practitioners work to increase access to early childhood education (ECE) and to improve the quality of existing services, it is important that the field consider the perspective of a key stakeholder: parents. This study analyzes 33 interviews with parents of young children in urban Ghana. The interviews investigate (1) what parents believe to be the purpose of ECE, and (2) parents’ perspective on what and how young children should learn. Results are analyzed around five themes: play, homework, mobility, language and diversity, and age of entry into school. Implications for global ECE policy are discussed.

Citation

Kabay, S., Wolf, S. & Yoshikawa, H. (2017). “So that his mind will open”: Parental perceptions of early childhood education in urbanizing Ghana. International Journal of Educational Development, 57(1), 44-53. Elsevier Ltd. Retrieved July 21, 2019 from .

This record was imported from International Journal of Educational Development on January 28, 2019. International Journal of Educational Development is a publication of Elsevier.

Full text is availabe on Science Direct: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijedudev.2017.08.013

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