Susan Holloway

Professor *
Degrees: 
Ph.D., Stanford University, Child Development and Early Childhood Education
Profile: 

Susan Holloway is interested in families and schooling within the United States and Japan. Much of her research explores the thoughts, values and expectations of parents and other caregivers regarding the socialization and education of young children. Her work on schooling has focused on the conditions that contribute to low-SES children's engagement in school and their academic achievement. She has also examined the experiences of young children in a variety of early education settings. Recently, she has been engaged in research on the accommodation of families who have a child with a cognitive disability.

Susan Holloway was a Spencer Fellow of the National Academy of Education and a Fulbright Research Scholar in Kobe, Japan. She is the author of Contested Childhood: Diversity and Change in Japanese Preschools, published by Routledge (2000). She also co-authored the book Through My Own Eyes: Single Mothers and the Cultures of Poverty, published by Harvard University Press (1997). Her most recent book, Women and Family in Contemporary Japan, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2010. The book focuses on women's experience of parenting in Japan, tracking shifting discourses about mothers and parenting from early modern into contemporary times and exploring the ways in which current social conditions shape women's perceptions of their role and support -- or undermine -- their sense of parenting competence.

Office: 
4309 Tolman Hall
Phone: 
(510) 642-4202
Email: 
susanholloway@berkeley.edu
Staff Contact: 

Research

Selected Publications
Books
 
Holloway, S. D., Fuller, B., Rambaud, M. F., Eggers-Pierola, C. (1997). Through my own eyes: Single mothers and the cultures of poverty. Harvard University Press. 
 
Holloway, S. D. (2000). Contested childhood: Diversity and change in Japanese preschools. New York: Routledge.
 
Holloway, S. D. (2010). Women and family in contemporary Japan. New York: Cambridge University Press.
 
Articles (Refereed Journals, Proceedings)
 
Holloway, S. D., & Hess, R. D. (1982). Causal explanations for school performance: Contrasts between mothers and children. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 3, 319-327.
 
Holloway, S. D., & Fuller, B. (1983). Situational determinants of causal attributions: The case of working women. Social Psychology Quarterly, 46, 131-140.
 
Hess, R. D., Holloway, S. D., Dickson, W. P., & Price, G. G. (1984). Maternal preschool variables as predictors of children's school readiness and later achievement in vocabulary and mathematics in sixth grade. Child Development, 55, 1902-1912.
 
Kashiwagi, K., Azuma, H., Miyake, K., Nagano, S., Hess, R. D., & Holloway, S. D. (1984). Japan-US comparative study on early maternal influences upon cognitive development: A follow-up study. Japanese Psychological Research, 26, 82-92.
 
Holloway, S. D. (1986). The relationship of mothers' beliefs to children's mathematics achievement: Some effects of sex differences. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 32, 231-250.
 
Holloway, S. D., Kashiwagi, K., Hess, R. D., & Azuma, H. (1986). Causal attributions by Japanese and American mothers about performance in mathematics. International Journal of Psychology, 21, 269-286.
 
Estrada, P., Arsenio, W. F., Hess, R. D., & Holloway, S. D. (1987). Affective quality of the mother-child relationship: Longitudinal consequences for children's school-relevant functioning. Developmental Psychology, 23, 210-215.
 
Hess, R. D., Azuma, H., Kashiwagi, K., Holloway, S. D., & Wenegrat, A. (1987). Cultural variations in socialization for school achievement: Contrasts between Japan and the United States. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 8, 421- 440.
 
Holloway, S. D., Fuller, B., & Gorman, K. S. (1987). Child-rearing attributions and efficacy among Mexican mothers and children. Journal of Social Psychology, 127, 499-510.
 
Gorman, K. S., Holloway, S. D., & Fuller, B. (1988). Preschool quality in Mexico: Variation in teachers, organization, and child activities. Comparative Education, 24, 91-101.
 
Holloway, S. D., & Reichhart-Erickson, M. (1988). The relationship of day-care quality to children's free play behavior and social problem-solving skill. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 3, 39-53.
 
Holloway, S. D., Gorman, K. S., & Fuller, B. (1988). Child-rearing beliefs within diverse social structures: Mothers and caregivers in Mexico. International Journal of Psychology, 23, 303-317.
 
Holloway, S. D. (1988). Concepts of ability and effort in Japan and the United States. Review of Educational Research, 58, 327-345.
 
Holloway, S. D., & Reichhart-Erickson, M. (1989). Child-care quality, family structure, and maternal expectations: Relationship to preschool children's peer relations. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 10, 267-284.
 
Holloway, S. D., Fuller, B., Azuma, H., Kashiwagi, K., & Gorman, K. (1990). The family's influence on achievement in Japan and the United States. Comparative Education Review, 34, 196-208.
 
Abraha, S., Beyene, A., Dubale, T., Fuller, B., Holloway, S. D., & King, E. (1991). What factors shape girls' school performance? Evidence from Ethiopia. International Journal of Educational Development, 11, 107-118.
 
Holloway, S. D., & Machida, S. K. (1991). Child-rearing beliefs of divorced mothers: Relationship to coping strategies and social support. Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, 14, 179-201.
 
Machida, S. K., & Holloway, S. D. (1991). The relationship between divorced mothers' perceived control over child rearing and children's post-divorce adjustment. Family Relations, 40, 272-278.
 
Kuhns, C. L., & Holloway, S. D. (1992). Characteristics of caregivers that promote children's development in day care. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 7, 280-285.
 
Kuhns, C. L., Holloway, S. D., & Scott-Little, M. C. (1992). Mothers' and child-care providers' cognitive, affective, and behavioral responses to children's misbehavior. Journal of Early Education and Development, 3, 232-243.
 
Scott-Little, M. C., & Holloway, S. D. (1992). Child care providers' reasoning about misbehaviors: Relation to classroom control strategies and professional training. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 7, 595-606.
 
Holloway, S. D., & Fuller, B. (1992). The great child-care experiment: What are the lessons for school improvement? Educational Researcher, 21, 12-19.
 
Fuller, B., Raudenbush, S. W., Wei, L., & Holloway, S. D. (1993). Can government raise child care quality? The influence of family demand, poverty, and policy. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 51, 255-278.
 
Fuller, B., & Holloway, S. D. (1994, September 24). Why the silence on welfare reform? School leaders should finally focus on poor families and young children. Education Week, p. 48.
 
Fuller, B., & Holloway, S. D. (1994, June 20). It's no reform if children are harmed. Los Angeles Times, opinion and editorial page.
 
Scott-Little, M. C., & Holloway, S. D. (1994). Caregivers' attributions about children's misbehavior in child-care centers. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 15, 241-253.
 
Holloway, S. D., Rambaud, M. F., Fuller, B., & Eggers-Pierola, C. (1995). What is"appropriate practice" at home and in child care?: Low-income mothers' views on preparing their children for school. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 10, 451-473.
 
Fuller, B., Eggers-Pierola, C., Holloway, S. D., Liang, X., Rambaud, M. F. (1996).
 
Rich culture, poor markets: Why do Latino parents choose to forego preschooling? Teachers College Record, 97, 400-418.
 
Fuller, B., Holloway, S. D., Rambaud, M., & Eggers-Pierola, C. (1996). How do mothers choose child care? Alternative cultural models in poor neighborhoods. Sociology of Education, 69, 83-104
 
Fuller, B., Holloway, S. D., & Liang, X. (1996). Family selection of child-care centers: The influence of ethnicity, social structure, and parental practices. Child Development, 67, 3320-3337.
 
Holloway, S. D. (1997). Images of close relationships in Japanese preschools. The Japanese Journal of Infant Care and Early Childhood Education, 6, 95-102.
 
Fuller, B., & Holloway, S. D. (1998, February 11). Child-care combat: Debate over the President's $21 Billion Initiative will test the limits of decentralization. Education Week, p. 56.
 
Holloway, S. D. (1999). The role of religious beliefs in early childhood education: Christian and Buddhist preschools in Japan. Early Childhood Research and Practice, 1. http://ecrp.uiuc.edu/v1n2/index.html.
 
Holloway, S. D. (2000). Preface: Families and early childhood education. Early Education and Development, 11, 543-546.
 
Holloway, S. D. (2000). Accentuating the negative: Views of preschool staff about mothers in Japan. Early Education and Development, 11, 618-632.
 
Holloway, S. D. (2001). Diversity and change in Japanese preschools: Directors' views on the topic of individualization. Child Research Net Cybrary Website: http://www.childresearch.net/CYBRARY/EVISION/2001/HOLLOWAY.htm.
 
Holloway, S. D., Kagan, S. L., Fuller, B., Tsou, L., & Carroll, J. (2001). Asessing child- care quality with a telephone interview. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 16, 165- 189.
 
Holloway, S. D., Suzuki, S., Yamamoto, Y., & Behrens, K. Y. (2005). Parenting self-efficacy among Japanese mothers. Journal of Comparative Family Studies , 36, 61-76.
Holloway, S. D., Suzuki, S., Yamamoto, Y., & Mindnich, J. D. (2006). Relation of maternal role concepts to parenting, employment choices, and life satisfaction among Japanese women. Sex Roles: A Journal of Research, 54, 235-249.
 
Yamamoto, Y., Holloway, S. D., & Suzuki, S. (2006). Maternal involvement in preschool children's education in Japan: Relation to parenting beliefs and socioeconomic status. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 21, 332-346.
 
Petrie, J. T., & Holloway, S. D. (2006). Mothers' representations of the role of parents and preschools in promoting children's development. Early Childhood Research and Practice , 8 (2). [On-line journal: http://ecrp.uiuc.edu/v8n2/petrie.html].
 
Holloway, S. D. (2007). Understanding child development in Japan: A shift in research perspectives from West to East. Human Development, 49(6), 369-374.
 
Holloway, S. D., Mirny, A., Bempechat, J., & Li, J. (2008). Schooling, peer relations, and family life of Russian adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Research, 23, 488-507.
 
Bae, S., Holloway, S. D., Bempechat, J., & Li, J. (2008). Mexican-American students' perceptions of teachers' expectations: Do perceptions differ depending on student achievement levels? The Urban Review, 40, 210-225.
 
Holloway, S. D., Yamamoto, Y., Suzuki, S., & Mindnich, J. (2008). Determinants of parental involvement in early schooling: Evidence from Japan. Early Childhood Research and Practice, 10 (1). [On-line journal: http://ecrp.uiuc.edu/v10n1/holloway.html].
 
Holloway, S. D. (2009). Participant in moderated discussion of Preschools in Three Cultures Revised. Comparative Education Review, 53, 259-282.
 
Suzuki, S., Holloway, S. D., Yamamoto, Y., & Mindnich, J. D. (2009). Parenting self-efficacy and social support in Japan and the United States. Journal of Family Issues, 30, 1505-1526.
 
Yamamoto, Y., & Holloway, S. D. (2010). Parental expectations and children's academic performance in sociocultural context. Educational Psychology Review. http://www.springerlink.com/content/u4155uv418153631/fulltext.pdf  
 
Park, S., Holloway, S. D., Arendtsz, A., Bempechat, J., Li, J. (2012). What makes students engaged in learning? A time-use study of within- and between-individual predictors of emotional engagement in low-performing high schools. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 41, 390-401.
 
Park, S., & Holloway, S. D. (in press). No parent left behind: Predicting parental involvement in adolescents’ education within a sociodemographically diverse population. Journal of Educational Research.
 
Book Chapters
Hess, R. D., Holloway, S. D., Price, G. G., & Dickson, W. P. (1982). Family environments and the acquisition of reading skills: Toward a more precise analysis. In L. M. Laosa & I. E. Sigel (Eds.), Families as learning environments for children (pp. 87-113). New York: Plenum.
 
Hess, R. D., & Holloway, S. D. (1984). Family and school as educational institutions. In R. Parke (Ed.), Review of child development research. Vol. 7. (pp. 179-222). Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press.
 
Holloway, S. D., & Hess, R. D. (1985). Mothers' and teachers' attributions about children's math performance. In I. E. Sigel (Ed.), Parental belief systems: The Psychological consequences for children (pp. 177-199). Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Press.
 
Fuller, B., Holloway, S., Azuma, H., Hess, R. D., & Kashiwagi, K. (1986). Contrasting achievement rules: Socialization of Japanese children at home and at school. In A. Kerckhoff (Ed.), Research in sociology of education and socialization. Vol. 6 (pp. 165-201). Greenwich CT: JAI Press.
 
Hess, R. D., Azuma, H., Kashiwagi, K., Dickson, W. P., Nagano, S., Holloway, S., Miyake, G., Hatano, G., & McDevitt, T. (1986). Family influences on school readiness and achievement in Japan and the United States: Overview of a longitudinal study. In H. Stevenson, H. Azuma, & K. Hakuta (Eds.), Child development and education in Japan (pp. 147-166). New York: W. H. Freeman.
 
Holloway, S. D., & Machida, S. K. (1992). Maternal child-rearing beliefs and coping strategies: Consequences for divorced mothers and their children. In I. E. Sigel, A. V. McGillicuddy-DeLisi, & J. J. Goodnow (Eds.), Parental belief systems: The psychological consequences for children. (Second Edition) (pp. 249-265). Hillsdale NJ: Erlbaum.
 
Holloway, S. D., & Minami, M. (1996). Production and reproduction of culture: The dynamic role of mothers and children in early socialization. In D. W. and B. J. Shwalb (Eds.), Japanese child rearing: Two generations of scholarship. (pp. 164-176). NY: Guilford Press.
 
Fuller, B., & Holloway, S. D. (1996). When the state innovates: Interests and institutions create the preschool sector. In A. M. Pallas (Ed.), Research in sociology of education and socialization, vol. 11. (pp. 1-42). Greenwich CT: JAI Press.
 
Fuller, B., Holloway, S. D., & Bozzi, L. (1997). Evaluating early childhood programs: Serving the interests of government, providers or parents? In B. Spodek and O. Saracho (eds.), Issues in early childhood education: Yearbook in early childhood education (pp. 7-27). NY: Teachers College Press.
 
Holloway, S. D. (1999). Divergent cultural models of child rearing and pedagogy in Japanese preschools. In E. Turiel (ed.), Culture and development, New Directions in Child Development (pp. 61-75) San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
 
Holloway, S. D., & Fuller, B. (1999). Families and child-care institutions: Divergent research and policy viewpoints. In S. Helburn (ed.), The silent crisis in U.S. child care. Annals, American Academy of Political and Social Science, vol. 563, pp. 98-115. Thousand Oaks CA: Sage Publications.
 
Holloway, S. D., & Behrens, K. Y. (2002). Parenting self-efficacy among Japanese mothers: Qualitative and quantitative perspectives on its association with childhood memories of family relations. In J. Bempechat & J. Elliot (eds.), Learning in culture and context: Approaching the complexities of achievement motivation in stduent learning. New Directions in Child Development, no. 96. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
 
Holloway, S. D., & Yamamoto, Y. (2003). Sensei: Early childhood education teachers in Japan. In O. Saracho and B. Spodek (eds.), Contemporary influences in early childhood education (pp. 181-207). Greenwich CT: Information Age Publishing.
 
Li, J., Holloway, S. D., & Bempechat, J. (2009). Building and using a social network: Nurture for low-income Chinese American adolescents' learning. In H. Yoshikawa (Ed.), Social contexts of immigrant children and adolescents. New Directions for Child Development .
 
Holloway, S. D., Yamamoto, Y., & Suzuki, S. (2010). What is a good mother? Competing models and experiences in urban Japan. In T. Thelen & H. Haukanes (Eds.), Reframing parenthood and childhood: Global trends, institutional transformations, and local responses (pp 35-56). Surrey, UK: Ashgate.
 
Holloway, S. D., & Nagase, A. (in press). Child rearing in Japan. In H. Selin (ed.), Parenting across cultures: Childrearing, motherhood and fatherhood in non-Western cultures. Netherlands: Springer.
 
 
Book Reviews, Comments, etc.
Holloway, S. D. (1984). [Review of Children of working parents: Experiences and outcomes]. Child Development Abstracts and Bibliography, 58, 254-255.
 
Holloway, S. D. (1987). Fixing the family [Review of In Support of families]. Contemporary Psychology, 33, 138-140.
 
Holloway, S. D. (1987). [Review of Children, youth and families: The action-research relationship]. Child Development Abstracts and Bibliography, 61, 223.
 
Holloway, S. D. (1995). [Review of Child care in the 1990s: Trends and consequences]. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 41, 119-121.
 
Holloway, S. D. (1996). Beating the devil out of the reader [Review of Beating the devil out of them: Corporal punishment in American families, by Murray A. Straus]. Contemporary Psychology: A Journal of Reviews, 41(6), 604.
 
Holloway, S. D. (1997). Strategies for reporting research evidence and effecting change in families: What works and what hurts? Contemporary Psychology, 42, p. 760.
 
Holloway, S. D. (1997). Final response to Straus. Contemporary Psychology, 42, p. 761.
Professional Experiences

 

Professor
Cognition and Development
School of Education
University of California, Berkeley
 
Adjunct Professor
Cognition and Development
School of Education
University of California, Berkeley
 
Visiting Associate Professor
Department of Human Development and Psychology
Harvard University Graduate School of Education
 
Research Associate and Instructor
Department of Human Development and Psychology
Harvard University Graduate School of Education
 
Associate Professor
Department of Human Development
University of Maryland—College Park
 
Assistant Professor
Department of Human Development
University of Maryland—College Park
Affiliations
  • American Educational Research Association
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Society for Research in Child Development

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