A Collaborative Experience Among Family, School and Institute on Promoting Chidlren's Education in Hong Kong Context
Po Wah Chan.
vement has been proved to have postiive effects on promoting chidlren's education. In an attempt to promote family involvment in children's education, four preschools and three teacher educators have worked together to develop a school-based improvement project in Hong Kong. This presentaion will describe how one of the teacher educators supported teachers to develop a series of workshops to encourage parents' participation in children' education both in school and at home. Although it was a new practice in a Chinese oriented context, feedback of involved parties was positive. For example, preschool teachers gained confidence in their efficacy to teach children. Parents developed postive attitude towards school and children's learning. Children enjoyed learning with their parents. Teacher educator gained more understanding on the complex need of preschool teachers.
Nevertheless, involved parties also had some dilemmas during the collaborative process. For example, preschool teachers needed courage to open up their classrooms to outsiders. Parents worried their abilities to suppot children's learning. Children got anxieties in front of their parents. Teacher educator had to be careful in negotiating her role with preschool teachers. The presenter will share her experience with people interested in supporting children's education through Family-School-Institute partnership.
Po Wah Chan (Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China)
School of Early Childhood Educaiton
Hong Kong Institute of Education
Secondary & Primary School Teacher
Lecturer in Early Childhood Education
(30 min. Conference Paper, English)