Advertisement

Fathers’ Role in Chinese Children’s Education

  • Zhonghe Wu
  • Song A. An
  • Shuhua An
Chapter
Part of the Educating the Young Child book series (EDYC, volume 6)

Abstract

This chapter discusses father involvement in China from historical and cultural perspectives. Gender roles are examined though a comparison of fathers’ and mothers’ roles in their children’s education in China. This chapter also investigates the factors that influence father’s role in contemporary China and addresses the impact of the labor market and governmental policies on father’s involvement in their children’s education.

Keywords

Father involvement Children education Parent meeting Direct interactions Home-schooling Labor market Governmental policy 

References

  1. Anson, A. R., Cook, T. D., Habib, F., Grady, M. K., Haynes, N., & Comer, J. P. (1991). The comer school development program: A theoretical analysis. Urban Education, 26, 56–82.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Biddle, B. J. (1979). Role theory: Expectations, identities, and behavior. New York: Academic Press.Google Scholar
  3. Biddle, B. J. (1986). Recent developments in role theory. Annual Review of Sociology, 12, 67–92.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. Cai, F., Park, A., & Zhao, Y. (2005). The Chinese labor market in the reform era. In L. Brandt and T. Rawski (Eds.), China’s great economic transformation (pp. 167–214). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.Google Scholar
  5. Cai, X. (1994). Analects of Confucius. Beijing: Sinolingua.Google Scholar
  6. Chen, Y. (2002, July 3). “Press” fathers stay with their kids. Wuhan Daily.Retrieved from http://www.cnhan.com/gb/content/2002-07/03/content_183840.htm.
  7. China Women’s Development Department. (2002). Statistical analysis of the re-employment of laid-off women in eight cities. Beijing: China Women’s Development Department.Google Scholar
  8. Chrispeels, J., & Rivero, E. (2001). Engaging Latino families for student success: How parent education can reshape parents’ sense of place in the education of their children. Peabody Journal of Education, 76(2), 119–169.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  9. Comer, J. P., & Haynes, N. M. (1991). Parent involvement in schools: An ecological approach. Elementary School Journal, 91, 271–277.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  10. Cronk, N. J., Slutske, W. S., Madden, P. A. F., Bucholz, K. K., & Heath, A. C. (2004). Risk for separation anxiety disorder among girls: Paternal absence, socioeconomic disadvantage, and genetic vulnerability. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 113, 237–247.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  11. Dallas, C. M., & Chen, S. C. (1998). Experiences of African American adolescent fathers. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 20(2), 210–233.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  12. Deslandes, R., & Bertrand, R. (2005). Motivation of parent involvement in secondary-level schooling. The Journal of Educational Research, 98(3), 164–175.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  13. Do, M., & Wang, F. (2008). Fathers develop together with children. Beijing: Commerce Publishing House of China.Google Scholar
  14. Epstein, J. L., Sanders, M. G., Simon, B. S., Salinas, K. C., Jansorn, N. R., & Van Voorhis, F. L. (2002). School, family, and community partnerships: Your handbook for action (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks: Corwin.Google Scholar
  15. Gadsden, V., & Ray, A. (2003). Fathers’ role in children’s academic achievement and early literacy. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED482051).Google Scholar
  16. Harris, S. M. (2002). Father absence in the African American community: Towards a new paradigm. Race, Gender, and Class, 9, 111–133.Google Scholar
  17. Harris, K. M., Furstenberg, F. F., & Marmer, J. K. (1998). Paternal involvement with adolescents in intact families: The influence of fathers over the life course. Demography, 35, 201–216.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  18. Hong, Z. (1994). Three hundred Tang Dynasty Poems. Changsa: Lijiang Publisher.Google Scholar
  19. Hoover-Dempsey, K. V., & Sandler, H. M. (1997). Why do parents become involved in their children’s education? Review of Educational Research, 67(1), 3–42.Google Scholar
  20. Howell, J. (1993). China opens its doors. Hemel Hempstead: Harvester Wheatsheaf.Google Scholar
  21. Hu, G. (2003, Aug). Protecting women’s labor and employment rights and carrying out the beauty of women. The People’s Daily, A2.Google Scholar
  22. Jennings, J., & Murphy, C. (2000). Male-male dimensions of male-female battering: A new look at domestic violence. Psychology of Men and Masculinity, 1, 21–29.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  23. Lamb, M. E. (1995). Paternal influences on child development. In M. C. P. van Dongen, G. A. B. Frinking, and M. J. G. Jacobs (Eds.), Changing fatherhood: An Interdisciplinary perspective (pp. 145–157). Amsterdam: Thesis Publishers.Google Scholar
  24. Lamb, M. E. (2000). The history of research on father involvement. Marriage & Family Review, 29(2), 23–42.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  25. Lamb, M. E. (2010). How do fathers influence children’s development? Let me count the ways. In M. Lamb (Ed.), The role of father in child development (5th ed., pp. 1–26). Hoboken: Wiley.Google Scholar
  26. Leler, H. (1983). Parent education and involvement in relation to the schools and to parents of school-aged children. In R. Haskins and D. Adamson (Eds.), Parent education and public policy (p. 173). Norwood: Ablex.Google Scholar
  27. Li, M. (2009). Father’s love in Zhu Ziqing’s essay Retreating Figure. Curriculum, Textbook and Instruction Research, 3, 25–27.Google Scholar
  28. Lu, K. (2005, June 17). Most fathers missed their positions in their fatherhood.Retrieved from http://www.cnnb.com.cn/gb/node2/newspaper/dnsb/2005/6/node46453/node46455/userobject7ai1148007.html.
  29. Miller-Day, M., & Marks, J. D. (2006). Perceptions of parental communication orientation, perfectionism, and disordered eating behaviors of sons and daughters. Health Communication, 19, 153–163.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  30. Morman, M. T., & Floyd, K. (2006). Good fathering: Father and son perceptions of what it means to be a good father. Fathering, 4(2), 113–136.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  31. Qian, W. (2009). Qian Wenzhong’s interpretation of three character classic. Beijing: The Democratic and the Legal System Publishing House of China.Google Scholar
  32. Scharfe, E. (2003). Stability and change of attachment representations from cradle to grave. In S. Johnson and V. Whiffen (Eds.), Attachment processes in couple and family therapy (pp. 64–84). New York: Guilford Press.Google Scholar
  33. Sheldon, S. B., & Epstein, J. L. (2005). Involvement counts: Family and community partnerships and math achievement. Journal of Educational Research, 98, 196–206.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  34. Southern Weekend. (2005, July 5). Children fairy tale King Zheng Yuanjie’s private School. Southern Weekend. Retrieved from http://baby.sina.com.cn/news/2005–07-05/083317205.shtml.
  35. Short, S., & Zhai, F. (1998). Looking locally at China’s one-child policy. Studies in Family Planning, 29(4), 373–387.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  36. Sriram, R., & Sandhu, G. (2008). Paternal involvement schedule. Department of Human Development and Family Studies, M.S. University of Baroda, Vadodara, India (Mimeo).Google Scholar
  37. Singer, A. T. B., & Weinstein, R. S. (2000). Differential parental treatment predicts achievement and self-perceptions in two cultural contexts. Journal of Family Psychology, 14, 491–509.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  38. Stouthamer-Loeber, M., & Wei, E. H. (1998). The precursors of young fatherhood and its effect on delinquency of teenage males. Journal of Adolescent Health, 22(6), 56–65.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  39. The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and The National Association of Early Childhood Specialists in State Departments of Education (NAECS/SDE) (2002). Early learning standards: Creating the conditions for success. http://www.naeyc.org/files/naeyc/file/positions/executive_summary.pdf.
  40. U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2000). A call to commitment: Fathers’ involvement in children’s learning. Retrieved from http://www2.ed.gov/pubs/parents/calltocommit/fathers.pdf.
  41. Wang, J. (2007). How to develop a good child. Jiangsu: Nanjing University Press.Google Scholar
  42. Yan, W., & Lin Q. (2005). Parent involvement and mathematics achievement: Contrast across racial and ethnic groups. The Journal of Educational Research, 99(2), 116–130.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  43. Yi, Z. (2009). The controversy of ideologist in warring state period. Shanghai: Shanghai Press of Literature and Arts.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National UniversityCosta MesaUSA
  2. 2.The University of Texas at El PasoEl PasoUSA
  3. 3.California State University Long BeachLong BeachUSA

Personalised recommendations