Parental Influence on Children’s Talent Development- a Case Study with Three Chinese American Families

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Echo H. Wu Hong Kong Institute of Education This paper explores the influence of parenting beliefs and practices on children’s talent development through a specific perspective of several Chinese American families with gifted children. In-depth interviews were employed to collect data from the parents, and research questions focused on the daily practice of parenting and parents’ beliefs concerning how to nurture high achievement among children. Findings of this study include evidence of a sense of responsibility for parenting, a high level of confidence over their children’s future, and a mixed strategy of parenting that combines traditional Chinese parental expectations with an adopted Western notion of respect for a child’s own…show more content…
e paper begins with a summary review of some major themes from traditional Chinese philosophy on learning and achieving and traditional views of the relationship between Chinese parenting styles and children’s out- Journal for the Education of the Gifted comes. Data from in-depth interviews collected from three Chinese American families are then presented with evidence of daily parenting practices. is is followed by an analysis of several major themes that emerged from the conversations. Implications will be discussed at the end of the paper. The rich, and in many ways unique, civilization of China, which developed through more than two thousand years of eventful history, owes more to the impress of Confucius’s personality and teaching than to any other single factor. (Smith, 1973, p. 9) roughout its history, China has been deeply in uenced by Confucian philosophy and practices, not the least in its theories of learning and achieving. One might well expect this in uence to appear in the parenting beliefs and practices of ethnic Chinese living in the U.S. and elsewhere today. For more than 2.5 millennia, Confucius (551–479 BC) has occupied a supreme place as the Great and Revered Teacher of the Chinese people. One of his key teachings was that of “Ren,” a word that conveys the notion of “a lifelong striving for any human being to become the most genuine, sincere, and humane person he or she can become” (Li, 2003, p. 146). To Confucius, “the

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