Current Kindergarten Parents’ Attitudes toward and Beliefs about Children’s Art Education in Majority Cities and Counties of Taiwan

  •  Ching-Yuan Hsiao    


Current kindergarten parents’ attitudes toward and beliefs about children’s art education in majority cities and counties of Taiwan were investigated. A review of the literature was conducted to identify several possible influences on parents’ interpretation/ assessment of children’s art education. Then, the researcher developed and distributed a questionnaire for parents; 1,010 copies were distributed and 800 copies returned—of these, 758 were valid. Findings were as follows: (1) Parents’ occupations, educational backgrounds, genders, ages, classes attended by children, and children’s genders had significant effects on the interpretation of children’s art education. (2) More than 66% of Taiwanese kindergarten teachers used the theme-based teaching approach. (3) Over 72% of parents believed that kindergarten art educators should have basic drawing skills and familiarity with art supplies and craft equipment. (4) Majority parents believed children could attend art classes by 3 years of age, and also informed that their children had attended art classes at that age.

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