Fathers’ Role, Involvement and Cultural Expectations

Abstract

Introduction to Volume 6 no 1 of Global Education Review: Fathers’ Role, Involvement and Cultural Expectations.  The present themed issue aims at delineating the importance, roles, and diverse practices of fathers in different cultures. Special attention is given into how existing policies in various countries may affect fathers’ role and involvement. A collection of articles from around th world that discuss  the differences in paternal roles as  grounded culturally in that fathers may be expected to play roles different from that of mothers in different cultures, and what constitutes a good father may be highly dependent on cultural, historical and familial ideologies The present themed issue aims at delineating the importance, roles, and diverse practices of fathers in different cultures. Special attention is given into how existing policies in various countries may affect fathers’ role and involvement.

Author Biographies

Konstantina Rentzou, European University of Cyprus

Dr. Konstantina Rentzou is Scientific Collaborator at the European University of Cyprus and she has participated as a researcher in Greek, Cypriot and EU-funded research projects. She has published 30 papers in peer-reviewed journals, a monograph on family engagement in ECEC and a co-authored book on the quality of the physical environment of preschool settings. She is the ACEI Country Liaison in Greece and in Cyprus and the World Forum National Representative for Cyprus. Konstantina also co-leads the international Special Interest Forum “ECEC in EU”. Her research interests are in ECEC quality, parental involvement and parent caregiver relationships, involvement and recruitment of males in ECEC, the organization of the preschool environment and children’s play.

Ruslan Slutsky

Ruslan Slutsky, PhD,  is a professor of early childhood education in the Judith Herb College of Education at the University of Toledo. His current research interests focus on early childhood education, quality in early childhood and children's play.