Through the eyes of parents: Culture of young children in diverse early learning spaces

Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa

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Title Through the eyes of parents: Culture of young children in diverse early learning spaces
Creator van As, Aletta J. Excell, Lorayne A. Magadala, Noluthando Gqoli, Neliswa
Subject — culture; culturally responsive pedagogy; early childhood care and education; early childhood development; young children.
Description There is a growing emphasis for early education to be both contextually appropriate and culturally responsive. In post-apartheid South Africa, early childhood care and education (ECCE) centres have become ‘melting pots’ of different cultures, reinforcing the call to become culturally relevant. Affirming each family’s cultural norms and values is pivotal in shaping the child’s identity – especially in a multicultural society. However, there exists an absence of research investigating how parents of young children view their families’ cultural norms and values. This phenomenologically qualitative study investigated parents’ understandings of culture and their cultural aspirations for their young children attending culturally diverse ECCE centres. One-on-one interviews were conducted to explore parents’ cultural narratives of how they view the cultural identities of their young children. Participants comprised 19 parents who were purposefully selected from five South African provinces. Findings revealed that parents were initially hesitant to articulate what culture in a democratic South Africa would look like. However, when they reflected on culture as enacted in the lives of their families they responded with conviction, revealing a range of views about the topic. They described how they experienced their culture through artefacts, language, family, religion and place. Parents recognised the valuable opportunities that the language-diverse ECCE spaces offered for mixing languages and developing bilingualism and multilingualism. The parents’ intuitive understandings of their children’s culture confirm that there are meaningful levels of cultural knowledge to be found at the grassroots level.
Publisher AOSIS
Date 2020-12-17
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — —
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/td.v16i1.763
Source The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa; Vol 16, No 1 (2020); 10 pages 2415-2005 1817-4434
Language eng
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Rights Copyright (c) 2020 Aletta J. van As, Lorayne A. Excell, Noluthando Magadala, Neliswa Gqoli