you should interview a person who grew up in another country (or lived there for an extended period of time – 10 years or more). The interview should focus on parenting, child care, and educational norms in that country compared to those in the United States.
FS 3523 – GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES: CARE & EDUCATION OF CHILDREN
CULTURAL INTERVIEW ASSIGNMENT
For this assignment, you should interview a person or a family who grew up in another country
(or lived there for an extended period of time – must be 10 years or longer). The interview
should be centered on child-rearing and educational norms in that country, compared to those in
the United States. Note: You may NOT interview a classmate from this course, but you may
interview another student if you wish (for example, the International Office hosts various cultural
events throughout the year where you can meet international students at TWU).
Three topics you must address in the paper:
Child care arrangements
Within these main topics, here are some suggested sub-topics:
Parent-child relationship and communication
The role of the child within the family
Child care arrangements (in the first few years and later)
Activities and structure of the child care environment
The educational experience
The format should be as follows:
In PC-compatible Word document (doc., or docx.)
1” margins (
Arial or Times New Roman font
Free of typos and grammatical errors (
You are expected to summarize and synthesize the information received from the person
interviewed rather than writing your paper in a question/answer format.
Child care/education content: 20 points
Total points possible
Note: These are just examples. By all means, please feel free to come up with your own creative
ways to ask questions. Keep in mind that the assignment will be graded based on the rubric.
1. How would you describe your parents when you were young? Were they strict? Warm? Did
you have house rules? Did you have any rule that you felt unfair?
2. Who was involved in your development? Mother? Father? Both? How is the current
relationship between you and your parents? If you had issues, would you discuss it with them?
3. Did you go to daycare? How long? How old were you? Who did you spend time with when
your parents were not available? How did it make you feel?
4. How would you describe the difference between the U.S. and your home country in
education? Which do you like better and why?
5. In terms of education, what is the one thing that you do not appreciate in the U.S.?
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