Fit in but stand out: A qualitative study of parents' and teachers' perspectives on socioemotional competence of children

Elena KWONG, Chun Bun Ian LAM, Xiaomin LI, Kevin Kien Hoa CHUNG, Ryan Yat Ming CHEUNG, Cynthia LEUNG

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Abstract

This study investigated the conceptualization of children's socioemotional competence among parents and teachers of preschool children in Hong Kong, China. Focus groups were conducted with 16 parents and 18 teachers from three preschools. Thematic content analysis revealed that, reflecting the cultural as well as contextual characteristics of Hong Kong, parents and teachers expected socioemotionally competent children to master skills in emotion understanding, emotion expressivity, emotion regulation, relationship building, conflict management, and inhibitory control and cognitive flexibility. There was diversity within parents' and teachers' interpretations of the characteristics of emotionally regulated and socially skilled children. Findings highlighted the ecosystemic nature of societal ideas about children's developmental competence, demonstrated the utility of qualitative research in exploring these ideas in culturally sensitive manners, and called for the mobilization of parents and teachers as research-informed scaffolders of holistic development of children. Copyright © 2018 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)275-287
JournalEarly Childhood Research Quarterly
Volume44
Early online date25 May 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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Emotions
emotion
Hong Kong
conflict management
Qualitative Research
Preschool Children
Child Development
preschool child
Focus Groups
qualitative research
mobilization
China
content analysis
flexibility
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Bibliographical note

Kwong, E., Lam, C. B., Li, X., Chung, K. K. H., Cheung, R. Y. M., & Leung, C. (2018). Fit in but stand out: A qualitative study of parents' and teachers' perspectives on socioemotional competence of children. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 44, 275-287. doi: 10.1016/j.ecresq.2018.02.018

Keywords

  • Child socioemotional competence
  • Focus groups
  • Parental beliefs
  • Qualitative research