Conflicting Images of Young Taiwanese Children

  • Min-Ling TsaiEmail author
Part of the Education in the Asia-Pacific Region: Issues, Concerns and Prospects book series (EDAP, volume 26)


Beginning with two vignettes on the first day of kindergarten in rural and urban areas in Taiwan, this chapter describes and explores the conflicting images of young Taiwanese children. Whether in rural or urban areas, Taiwanese parents share the same expectations for their children’s learning and character development, that is, intelligence and diligence. Despite these shared expectations, parents have different views of young children and early childhood education. The purposes of this chapter are (a) to introduce diverse and sometimes conflicting views of the education of young Taiwanese children and (b) to elaborate which factors or background elements contribute to these differences. First, the current status of Taiwanese early childhood education is summarized to provide the context for subsequent discussion. Second, the dimensions that contribute to the conflicting images of young Taiwanese as well as the backgrounds of these dimensions are described. These dimensions consist of (a) the official kindergarten curriculum standards or guidelines disseminated by the Taiwanese government during various periods, (b) how narrative texts are used in kindergarten classrooms, and (c) discussions regarding native language and English learning. The chapter concludes with photographs that reflect Taiwanese parents’ emphasis on early childhood education and the author’s opinions regarding the conflicting images and the education of young Taiwanese children.


Conflicting images Curriculum guidelines Early childhood education Narrative texts Young Taiwanese children 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Early Childhood and Family EducationNational Taipei University of EducationTaipeiTaiwan

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