Parents’ choice of early childhood education service in Hong Kong : a pilot study

Yuen, Gail & Grieshaber, Susan J. (2009) Parents’ choice of early childhood education service in Hong Kong : a pilot study. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 10(3), pp. 263-279.

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The introduction of a voucher scheme for early childhood education in Hong Kong has resulted in significant changes in the field. This paper reports data from a pilot study that aimed at gaining a deeper understanding of how parents chose early childhood education service following the introduction of a voucher scheme in Hong Kong. Eight-six Chinese parents with children aged three participated in interviews and focus group discussions. This group of parents had just gone through the process of selecting a kindergarten or nursery for their child for the school year of 2007-2008. Parents from a range of socioeconomic circumstances and educational levels who had selected non-profit kindergartens and nurseries in public and private housing estates participated. Results showed that what parents looked in their choice of service matched closely with how they defined quality. As evidenced in the study, parents’ changing views on quality shared a great deal of resemblance with the specific notion of quality being heavily promoted by recent reform policy. The findings pointed to the complex interactions of policy, choice and practices of early childhood education. The new voucher scheme is intensifying the governing of the self and the field, the impact of which can be worrying.

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ID Code: 28294
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: early childhood education, hong kong, parents
DOI: 10.2304/ciec.2009.10.3.263
ISSN: 1463-9491
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori) (130102)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood & Inclusive Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Please consult authors.
Deposited On: 28 Oct 2009 06:12
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:59

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