Parent’s Perception and Knowledge About Choosing Montessori Preschool in Malaysia: An Exploratory Research

Nuzha Mohamed Taha, Johari Talib, Mas Ayu Salleh, Azhar Adnan and Tengku Noorainun Tengku Shahdan

There are many issues need to be taken into considerations before parents can make the decision to which preschool they want to enroll their children. Montessori preschools have difficulties in getting parents to enroll their children due to the limited understanding of the approach which led to some conflicts and misunderstandings about Montessori education. The purpose of this research is to explore on how parents decide on preschools for their children as well as their opinions towards Montessori education based on Malaysian culture and education system. There were ten participants who are parents of the children that enrolled in selected Montessori preschool participated in the interview. The interviews were audio-recorded. Participants were also required to complete their demographic profile. The data collected answered research questions regarding: (1) why do they choose Montessori preschool for their children, (2) knowledge about Montessori Method, and (3) perception on Montessori education. From the result, it can be concluded that those who choose Montessori preschool are educated parents from middle to high socioeconomic status. They choose Montessori preschool because of classroom environment, programme, teaching and learning method, philosophy, and curriculum. Although they belief in Montessori education, they have their concern about their children future in government primary school.

Volume 12 | Issue 3

Pages: 173-181

DOI: 10.5373/JARDCS/V12I3/20201180