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Publication . Article . Other literature type . 2020

Preschool Teachers’ Perspectives About the Engagement of Immigrant and Non-Immigrant Parents in Their Children’s Early Education

Csaba Kurucz; Simone Lehrl; Yvonne Anders;
Open Access
Published: 17 Jul 2020 Journal: International Journal of Early Childhood, volume 52, pages 213-231 (issn: 0020-7187, eissn: 1878-4658, Copyright policy )
Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media LLC
Country: Germany
Abstract
AbstractThe present study explores the perceptions of teachers about the engagement of immigrant and non-immigrant parents in preschool. Data were drawn from a larger evaluation study of a government initiative for preschools in Germany, which was designed to foster inclusive pedagogy and parent cooperation. In these analyses, teachers’ perceptions of the engagement of immigrant parents and non-immigrant parents were rated for each parent group, on a 10-item measure, to identify how teacher ratings varied for the different parent groups. Data from 1397 preschool teachers, employed across 203 preschools, were analyzed using multilevel modeling. This statistical approach takes account of the clustered nature of the data. Teacher ratings of engagement for immigrant and non-immigrant parent groups differed between preschools. Most variability in the ratings could be ascribed to preschool characteristics. In preschools, in which staff held a shared understanding of dealing with cultural diversity and in which the director of the preschool had a multicultural mindset, teachers perceived engagement of parents more positively, especially for immigrant parents. Overall, the findings identified the importance of self-efficacy for inclusion and more positive beliefs about multiculturalism among preschool teachers. Such qualities are important for working with all parents. However, unfavorable social structures, such as those found in disadvantaged areas, may present major challenges for parent cooperation and engagement.
Subjects by Vocabulary

Microsoft Academic Graph classification: Multilevel model Cultural pluralism Cultural diversity Disadvantaged Mindset Inclusion (education) Psychology Developmental psychology Self-efficacy Early childhood education

Dewey Decimal Classification: ddc:150 ddc:100 ddc:155

Subjects

Developmental and Educational Psychology, Education, Preschool teachers, Teacher beliefs, Cultural diversity, Parent engagement, Family–preschool partnerships, 100 Philosophie und Psychologie::150 Psychologie::155 Differentielle Psychologie, Entwicklungspsychologie, Preschool teachers, Teacher beliefs, Cultural diversity, Parent engagement, Family–preschool partnerships

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