Pakistani teachers' perceptions of kindergarten children's learning: An exploration of understanding and practice

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Abstract

This paper considers perceptions of children's learning and classroom practice to support learning in the Pakistani early years educational context. In Pakistan, there is a growing focus on quality provision of early childhood education and building early childhood education teacher capacity. Over the course of one academic year, data were collected from kindergarten teachers in a Pakistani urban school through interviews and classroom observations as part of a larger study. Findings presented in this paper are based on the interview data of two teachers in the sample, a novice and an experienced teacher. Data analysis examined their perceptions of kindergarten children's learning and of their practice to support kindergarten children's learning, taking into consideration the gender perspective. The results showed tensions in the teachers' perceptions which contrasted between a constructivist approach and a teacher-directed skills approach. Perceptions of their practice reflected a formal, teacher-directed approach rather than a constructivist approach and a teacher-directed skills approach to teaching. Several factors, including deep-rooted perceptions as well as curriculum structure, time, number of staff and resources, contributed to this.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-64
Number of pages32
JournalFrontiers of Education in China
Volume7
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Keywords

  • Gender Perspectives
  • Kindergarten Children's Learning
  • Kindergarten Teacher Classroom Practice
  • Pakistani Teachers' Perceptions

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