“So that his mind will open”: Parental perceptions of early childhood education in urbanizing Ghana
Sarah Kabay, New York University, United States ; Sharon Wolf, University of Pennsylvania, United States ; Hirokazu Yoshikawa, New York University, United States
International Journal of Educational Development Volume 57, Number 1, ISSN 0738-0593 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
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.
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.