ETIC and EMIC views of early childhood education in Singapore

Geoghegan, Noel and Geoghegan, Deborah (2004) ETIC and EMIC views of early childhood education in Singapore. Australian Research in Early Childhood Education, 11 (1). ISSN 1320-6648


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Well-qualified women in Singapore working in professional fields including banking and marketing have many views about early childhood education for their own children as well as in general. Our study examined the views and attitudes of a group of these women who were recently retrenched and had decided to retrain as child-care professionals. After a pre-treatment attitudinal survey, participants engaged in a five-day workshop exploring the SEARCH heuristic (Geoghegan, 2002). A post-treatment attitudinal survey was administered. Results indicated a consensus of what constitutes quality in Singaporean early childhood education. The consensus reflected humanistic perspectives that appear at odds with Singapore’s international reputation for formal, academically-structured early childhood education.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information (displayed to public): Copyright Owner: Monash University Faculty of Education This Author Version reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Depositing User: Dr Noel Geoghegan
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 01:23
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:51
Uncontrolled Keywords: early childhood, education, teacher training, singapore, SEARCH
Fields of Research (FoR): 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130102 Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori)
13 Education > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified

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