Parent Involvement in Early Childhood Education: Exploring Cultural Beliefs and Practices Through the Figured Worlds Approach to Support Learning Success for All Children


  • Hyunjin Kim
  • Susan Trostle Brand


The authors of this article explore the impact of parent involvement in early childhood education in Korea. The work is grounded in the Figured Worlds Approach which states that people’s worldview is impacted by their culture, values, and communities. Context is provided for deeper understanding of cultural practices and values, language and communication, and strategies for understanding diverse groups. The author identified many implications for educators such as incorporating traditions, eliminating bias, and supporting learning through a growth mindset. Finally, the findings suggest future research could explore intersectionality, innovative family engagement, as well as policy changes and community partnerships.