Volunteering to help is a traditional type of parental involvement in early childhood education. There
have been concerns over the justification of teachers’ practice of leaving their work with parents,
particularly for routine tasks such as washing and cleaning, however, little research has been conducted
to scrutinize the practice and examine parents’ experiences with volunteering to help. Based on a sample
of 25 parents from New Zealand public kindergartens, this study investigates parents ‘experiences with
three types of volunteering to help at the kindergarten. Analysis of the semi-structured interview data has
revealed enhancers (e.g., benefits for the child, justification of fundraising) and impediments (e.g.,
limited time, school commitment) to parent volunteering to help as well as the tensions in practice(e.g.,
relying on core parents, limited resource). The findings support the legitimacy of routine tasks and
fundraising and highlight the importance of parent volunteering to help.
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Call for Papers
Call for Papers: Asia-Pacific Journal of Research in Early Childhood Education (APJRECE)
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.
We hope you will seriously consider APJRECE for your scholarship.