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Title:Chinese teachers' conceptualization of "what is a good child"
Author(s):Liu, Wei
Director of Research:Walsh, Daniel J.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Daniel J. Walsh
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Anderson, Richard C.; Bresler, Liora; Greene, Jennifer C.
Department / Program:Curriculum and Instruction
Discipline:Elementary Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Chinese teachers values
Chinese preschool
Chinese teachers beliefs
Chinese culture changes
Chinese education
Chinese children
Chinese morality
Abstract:This study examines contemporary Chinese teachers’ beliefs of what constitutes a good child. It explores the meanings that underlie these conceptions and scrutinizes the changes that have transpired in the classrooms as well as in teachers’ beliefs over the past ten years. The study employs a combination of observations, interviews, and a survey to examine the research questions. I identified seven principal attributes in a good child: Individuality, Independence, Optimism, Collaboration, Collectivity, Responsibility, and Honesty. The meaning of these attributes is exemplified through vignettes and interview excerpts. Based on these principal attributes, a survey was developed and distributed to a larger population of teachers in attempt to confirm the findings of the interviews and observations and to further explore the research question. Three hundred and forty nine teachers participated in the survey. Both descriptive and inferential statistics were used to analyze the questionnaires. The overall findings indicate a shift of values and beliefs of Chinese teachers that has simultaneously occurred with changes that have taken place in their classrooms as well as in Chinese society.
Issue Date:2014-05-30
Rights Information:Copyright 2014 Wei Liu
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-05-30
Date Deposited:2014-05

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