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Title: Parents Grow Old, Children Embody Our Hope (Pha gee ba ta bu so): How are Western theories and Bhutanese parenting philosophies harmonized in the Childcare Education programmes in Bhutan?
Contributor(s): Pedey, Karma (author); Sims, Margaret  (supervisor)orcid ; Brooks, Margaret  (supervisor)
Conferred Date: 2014
Copyright Date: 2014
Open Access: Yes
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Abstract: Propelled by the will of the Bhutanese government to invest in the Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) programme, the number of ECCD centres has risen from just 1 in 2005 to 94. However, in the perceived absence of local expertise, the Ministry of Education (MoE) depends fully on experts external to Bhutan who have very little knowledge of the Bhutanese cultural fabric and carry with them Western philosophies and theories of ECCD. Against this backdrop, this study will explore how contextualization of the ECCD programmes can be enhanced. This study adopts qualitative methodology and an interpretive paradigm informed by Bronfenbrenner's ecological theory (Bronfenbrenner, 1979, 2004) and the key Bhutanese values of 'ley judray', law of cause and effect and 'tha damtshig', reciprocity and interdependence (Phuntsho, 2004; Ura, 1994, 1997; Wangyal, 2004; Whitecross, 2008) that stems from the fundamental Buddhist worldview of interconnectedness. These have been combined to create a Bhutanese indigenous methodology.
Publication Type: Thesis Masters Research
Field of Research Codes: 130105 Primary Education (excl Maori)
130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
130102 Early Childhood Education (excl Maori)
Rights Statement: Copyright 2014 - Karma Pedey
HERDC Category Description: T1 Thesis - Masters Degree by Research
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