Teachers’ versus parents’ perceptions of professionalism of early childhood teachers: A mixed-methods study
Authors: Tzuo, Pei-Wen, Tan Liang See, Yong Foong Ling and Liang Jyh-Chong
Source: Australasian Journal of Early Childhood; May2015, Vol. 40 Issue 2, p117-126.
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Early childhood teachers, Early childhood education research, Professionalism, Professional orientations, Child development - social aspects, Growth of Children
Keywords: Perceptions, Professional, Professional Development, Mixed-methods research, Teacher-parent relationship
This study explores teachers’ versus parents’ perceptions of the various characteristics of PECT to identify gaps among them and suggest ways to close these gaps. A mixed-methods research methodology was employed with 219 teacher and parent participants in Singapore. The quantitative findings indicate first that the teachers perceived PECT to be composed of two dimensions as two levels of capacity: fundamental pedagogical capacity and accumulated classroom studies of children. In contrast, the parents perceived PECT as a single dimension. Second, the gaps between teachers’ and parents’ perceptions were identified as four factor items of PECT, including characteristics of understanding a child’s needs, being able to create good relations with children, professional development and valuing of ethics. This study also suggests how to reach coherent views on PECT and create better dynamics between the two parties.