Perceptions of school life among a sample of Chinese children in Hong Kong

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Abstract

Many studies have focused on the negative aspects of transition from kindergarten to school, such as bullying and difficulties adjusting to school life. Fewer studies have asked children to talk about both positive and negative aspects of school life across time. This study explores children’s perception of positive and negative aspects of school during the last month at kindergarten, first three months and last month in Year 1. Gender differences in children’s perceptions of life in Year 1 are explored. Positive and negative aspects of school included peer interactions, learning, rules, environment, school activities and teacher–child interaction. Other positive aspects of school also included parents’ or siblings’ engagement in school activities, teachers’ praise and pupils’ roles. This paper provides robust information for educators and parents to use as a reference for developing effective strategies to help children adapt to school life. Copyright © 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)800-818
JournalEarly Child Development and Care
Volume188
Issue number6
Early online dateOct 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Citation

Wong, M. (2018). Perceptions of school life among a sample of Chinese children in Hong Kong. Early Child Development and Care, 188(6), 800-818. doi: 10.1080/03004430.2016.1238361

Keywords

  • Gender differences
  • Longitudinal study
  • Negative expectations
  • Positive expectations
  • Transition to school
  • Young children

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