Parental Involvement in The Lens of Kindergarten Children
Keywords:Children’s Perspectives, Early Childhood Education, Home-School Collaboration, Kindergarten, Parental Involvement
Children’s perspectives are not often considered in decision-making in schools, but their individual and collective interests are of equal importance in home-school collaboration. This descriptive qualitative study explored parental involvement in early childhood education in the Philippines from the lens of kindergarten children. This study used document analysis and interview to gather data in which 22 kindergarten children was purposively chosen. Data were analysed using content and thematic analysis. The findings revealed two themes: 1) parents’ collective in-school engagement and communication; and 2) structural at-home learning support. The result underscores the significance of children’s views on how their parents and family participates in their learning, both in school and at-home. Thus, the considerations, activities, and policies made in relation to parental involvement will directly or indirectly benefit and protect children. This study needs further exploration to understand parental involvement on the perspective of children and distinguish its positive effects for improving the education system.
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