'Parents don't want their children to speak their home language': how do educators negotiate partnerships with Chinese parents regarding their children's use of home language and English in early childhood settings?

Jiangbo Hu*, Jane Torr, Peter Whiteman

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    Abstract

    This study investigated five Australian early childhood educators' negotiation of the complex terrain of working in partnership with Chinese parents regarding their children's language usage in early childhood settings. Semi-structured interviews were undertaken to explore educators' views on children's language usage in early childhood settings, their perception of Chinese parents' language expectations and their strategies in resolving the tension between parental expectation and educator views on children's language usage under the current regulatory frameworks. Educators reported that many Chinese parents expected their children to use only English in early childhood settings. Such a practice would not align with educators' views of permitting children to use languages freely. The educators developed different strategies to address the tension between their desire to achieve positive outcomes for children and their need to work in partnership with families. Implications for the further preparation of educators are discussed.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)255-270
    Number of pages16
    JournalEarly Years
    Volume34
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

    Keywords

    • Chinese parents
    • English language learner
    • partnership
    • preschool

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