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Child rearing goals and parent-child interaction in immigrant Chinese families


2007 2007

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The purpose of the study was to explore parents' socialization goals and to describe the patterns of caregiver-child social interaction for the sample of 6 Chinese American toddlers, whose parents immigrated to this country recently. The theoretical framework for the study was Vygotsky's sociocultural approach which assumes that children's thinking derives from human social relations and is embedded in the sociocultural context. The study used a qualitative method of data collection and analysis. Data collection included a demographic questionnaire, two focused interviews and videotaped observations of caregiver-child interactions in everyday activities and joint play. The analysis focused on how caregivers guided and facilitated children's learning and adaptation to life in a North American setting. Parental goals were identified and five themes immerged from the interview data: a focus on learning; an emphasis on developing a loving relationship with the child; an emphasis on bringing up a moral child; an emphasis on guided independence and on adopting the values of the host culture while maintaining the values of their own cultural heritage. Links between the patterns of parent-child interaction and the parental goals were explored. The parents' conscious, creative synthesis of cultural values and practice were discussed. Implication for teachers and clinicians were suggested.

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Subject
Preschool education;
Families & family life;
Personal relationships;
Sociology;
Minority & ethnic groups
Classification
0518: Preschool education
0628: Families & family life
0628: Personal relationships
0628: Sociology
0631: Minority & ethnic groups
0631: Sociology
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences, Education, Parent-child interaction, Immigrant, Chinese, Families, Childrearing
Title
Child rearing goals and parent-child interaction in immigrant Chinese families
Author
Liu, Fang
Number of pages
186
Publication year
2007
Degree date
2007
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 68/11, May 2008
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780549330974
Advisor
Craig, Grace J.
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Department
Education
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ed.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3289281
ProQuest document ID
304846317
Copyright
Copyright ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing 2007
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304846317