Parents’ concepts of the successful school child in seven Western cultures
Super, Charles M.
Ríos Bermúdez, Moisés
Zylicz, Piotr O.
|Universidad de Sevilla. Departamento de Psicología Evolutiva y de la Educación
|Although children’s school success is a parental goal in most cultures, there is wide cultural variation in the qualities that parents most wish their children to develop for that purpose. A questionnaire contained forty-one ...
Although children’s school success is a parental goal in most cultures, there is wide cultural variation in the qualities that parents most wish their children to develop for that purpose. A questionnaire contained forty-one child qualities was administered to 757 parents in seven cultural communities in Australia, Italy, theNetherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and theUnited States. Exploratory factor analysis was conducted separately within each sample and results revealed both similarities and differences across the seven samples. The factor structures showed considerable similarity: four domains of characteristics (Cognitive Qualities, Social Qualities, Negative temperament, and Good Characters) were identified in each sample as strongly influencing children’s success in school. However, parents differed across the seven cultural communities in the importance they attributed to these factors. The results also reveal some culturally unique patterns in parents’ concepts of the successful schoolchild; the seven samples were differentiated by distinctive associations of individual qualities around the four common domains. These results offer new insights for incorporating perspectives from other cultures into our own concepts of what qualities are most important for children’s success in school, and how educators can be cognizant of differing cultural perspectives represented by the families whose children are their students.
|Feng, X., Harkness, S., Super, C.M., Welles, B., Ríos Bermúdez, M., Bonichini, S.,...,Zylicz, P.O. (2020). Parents’ concepts of the successful school child in seven Western cultures. New directions for child and adolescent development, 170, 143-170.