What Knowledge and Skills Do Chinese Kindergarten Teachers Need in a Time of Reform: Director’s Perspectives
AUTHOR : Xin Fan,Berenice Nyland,Chris Nyland
INFORMATION : page. 27~48 / 2016 Vol.10 No.3
This paper reports on a research program that investigates policy and practice relating to the building
of a Chinese early childhood workforce in a context of changed government policy, improved
standards regarding teacher qualifications and curriculum content, and changing parental expectations.
The evolving context reflects the fact that recent economic development in China has witnessed
enhanced need for a workforce that is suitable for jobs that require advanced skills and a high
capacity to learn. This identified need has brought a renewed interest in early childhood education.
Subsequently, policy makers have raised questions regarding what early childhood teachers should
know and the skills they need to acquire to be competent practitioners. The research findings draw on
interviews conducted with 24 kindergarten directors from provinces across China. The interview
explored opinions about skills and attributes teachers require, level and form of knowledge they need,
and how teachers’ capacities might be enhanced.
Chinese kindergarten teacher,early childhood education policy,skills and knowledge,teacher supports
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Special Issue Deadline: January 15, 2016
Asia-Pacific Journal of Research in Early Childhood Education (APJRECE) is an official publication of the Pacific Early Childhood Education Research Association (PECERA) that is dedicated to disseminating and supporting research in early childhood education within the Pacific area.
APJRECE is released three times a year in January, May, and September. In 2016, the second issue of Volume 10 will be a special issue. The topic for the special issue is “Power of Play in Young Children’s Growth and Learning”. The Guest Editor for the special issue is Dr. Wonyoung Rhee, Professor Emerita at Chung-Ang University, Korea.
We are seeking reports of current research on this topic, papers that address issues in the application of play research, and papers that review a specific research area of young children’s play and are especially informative about studies needed to fill knowledge gaps. The manuscripts for the special issue should be submitted online by January 15, 2016, following the guidelines described on the journal website. Please visit the homepage of Asia-Pacific Journal of Research in Early Childhood Education (www.apjrece.com,www.pecerajournal.com), and you will find not only full details on aims and scope, editorial policy, and paper submission but the orange colored button, named Manuscript Management System of APJRECE, for paper submission.
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