Parents’ attitudes and unequal opportunities in early childhood development: Evidence from Eastern India




Faculty/Professorship: Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi) 
Author(s): Ghosh, Saikat ; Steinberg, Hannah
Publisher Information: Bamberg : Otto-Friedrich-Universität
Year of publication: 2022
Pages: 413-430
Source/Other editions: Journal of Early Childhood Research, 20 (2022), 3, S. 413-430 - ISSN: 1741-2927
is version of: 10.1177/1476718X221077170
Year of first publication: 2022
Language(s): English
Licence: Creative Commons - CC BY-NC - Attribution - NonCommercial 4.0 International 
URN: urn:nbn:de:bvb:473-irb-557370
Abstract: 
Early childhood development is considered a crucial component for sustainable development, and parents’ roles in this regard is unambiguously acknowledged. However, the evidence is sparsely available from developing countries like India on how parents can influence access to the early childhood development program. This study, based on an empirical footing, investigates whether parental attitude may lead to unequal opportunities in children’s access to preschools in India. The study portrays that the negative or indifferent attitude of parents predicts significantly lower access to preschools. Also, parents’ education can be held responsible for the variation in parents’ attitudes toward early education and care. A two-prong policy measure is thus suggested by educating parents on one hand and involving them in the implementation process of childhood development programs on the other.
GND Keywords: Kleinkinderziehung; Elternverhalten; Indien
Keywords: parent’s attitudes, early childhood, development, access, inequality, India
DDC Classification: 150 Psychology  
RVK Classification: CX 6000   
Type: Article
URI: https://fis.uni-bamberg.de/handle/uniba/55737
Release Date: 13. October 2022

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