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Child Studies in Asia-Pacific Contexts
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Korean Association of Child Studies
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Volume 2, Issue 2 - Aug 2012
Volume 2, Issue 1 - Feb 2012
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Do Simple Objects Facilitate Infants' Formation of a Spatial Category?
Park, You-Jeong ; Casasola, Marianella ; Kim, Jin-Wook ;
Child Studies in Asia-Pacific Contexts, volume 2, issue 2, 2012, Pages 77~90
DOI : 10.5723/csdc.2012.2.2.077
The present study investigated infants' ability to form a category of a support relation (i.e., "on") when the objects depicting the relation were perceptually simple versus more complex. Twenty Korean infants of 14 months were habituated to dynamic support events with objects that were either simple or more complex in appearance. They were then tested with events that differed from the habituation events in the specific objects, spatial relation, or both. Infants formed a support category whether familiarized to simple or complex objects, looking significantly longer at test events with a novel than familiar relation. The results indicate that at 14 months of age, object features do not impact infants' ability to form a categorical representation of support.
Helping our Children with Homework: Homework as an Activity of Anxiety for First Generation Bilingual Korean American Mothers
Park, Hye-Yoon ; Jegatheesan, Brinda ;
Child Studies in Asia-Pacific Contexts, volume 2, issue 2, 2012, Pages 91~107
DOI : 10.5723/csdc.2012.2.2.091
This study aimed to understand communicative and socialization practices of immigrant bilingual families in everyday learning situations by examining interactions between parents and children in the United States. Drawn on language socialization theory and socio-cultural factors influencing immigrants, this study explored how three Korean American mothers struggled as they helped their children with homework by interviewing the mothers and observing mother-child interaction during homework time. The study paid attention to the emotional values of immigrant parents that they tried to teach their children who are members in two distinctive communities, such as Korean American and mainstream American. The findings showed that parental socialization practices had effects on children's emotional and social competence and at the same time the socialization process was bidirectional. Mothers started with Korean values, but they faced challenges with the English language, different demands for American homework, and children's rejection of their attempts. Mothers needed to change their strategy and borrow American ways of keeping emotional distance from their children by acknowledging their independence. Their struggles are discussed with attention to their language choice and culture.
Parenting Values and Practices among Muslim Parents in Indonesia
Park, Hye-Jun ; Yi, Soon-Hyung ; Lee, Kang-Yi ; Kim, Bo-Kyung ; Park, Sae-Rom ;
Child Studies in Asia-Pacific Contexts, volume 2, issue 2, 2012, Pages 109~122
DOI : 10.5723/csdc.2012.2.2.109
Despite the fact that Muslims are fast becoming part of the world population, they are the least known group. Moreover, Muslims have been seriously misunderstood and negatively perceived because of several tragic events related to terrorist attacks or wars in the Middle East countries. In this light, the current study examined how parenting values and practices varied by importance of religion, gender, and generation, based on the questionnaire data collected from 312 Muslim fathers and mothers living in Jakarta, Indonesia. The most salient result of this study was that the religion was at the center of everyday lives. The importance of religion in their lives clearly translated in their parenting styles by engaging in religious practices with their children. At the same time, Muslim parents in Indonesia had a high level of expectation for their children's education and making happy family life as well as being faithful as Muslim. This study contributed to promoting cultural sensitivity towards Muslims by examining Indonesian Muslim parents' parenting values and practices.
Affective Decision-Making among Preschool Children in Diverse Cultural Contexts
Qu, Li ; Shan, Gao ; Yip, Cindy ; Li, Hong ; Zelazo, Philip David ;
Child Studies in Asia-Pacific Contexts, volume 2, issue 2, 2012, Pages 123~132
DOI : 10.5723/csdc.2012.2.2.123
The current study examined 3- and 4-year-olds' affective decision-making in a variety of cultural contexts by comparing European Canadian children to Chinese Canadian, Hong Kong Chinese, and mainland Chinese children (N = 245). All children were tested with a delay of gratification task in which children chose between an immediate reward of lower value and a delayed reward of higher value. Results showed that Chinese Canadian and Hong Kong Chinese children chose more delayed rewards than European Canadian children, with mainland Chinese children showing a trend toward more delayed rewards. Across cultures, 4-year-olds chose more delayed rewards than 3-year-olds; and among 4-year-olds, girls made more such choices than boys. The findings are consistent with previous findings that exposure to Chinese culture is associated with better cool executive function, but they also highlight the importance of examining development across diverse cultural contexts.
Taiwanese Mothers' Motivations for Teaching English to Their Young Children at Home
Lan, Yi-Chen ; Torr, Jane ; Degotardi, Sheila ;
Child Studies in Asia-Pacific Contexts, volume 2, issue 2, 2012, Pages 133~144
DOI : 10.5723/csdc.2012.2.2.133
Research has shown that mothers' attitudes towards early English language and literacy learning are important for children's English language development. Some researchers have indicated that in Taiwan most parents have a positive attitude towards English instruction and are motivated to teach English at home to their preschoolers. There is, however, little current data available to explain the motivations behind such parents' decisions to teach English to their child in the home before the commencement of formal schooling. We conducted a thematic analysis of the written survey responses of 263 Taiwanese mothers who explained why they taught their preschool children English at home. The findings indicate that English is highly valued for children's school readiness, future career opportunities, and because of its status as a global language. The mothers' motivations for teaching English include the desire to cultivate the child's interest, a belief in 'the earlier the better" for second language learning, and a belief in the need to review and practice English. These findings have the potential to inform educational policies and implementation strategies, as they can reveal whether mothers' motivations align with national priorities for English language education.