ERIC Number: ED214655
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Up the Down Escalator: How to Open the Door. Comments on Professionalism and Academic Credentials in Child Care.
Peters, Donald L.
As the child care field moves toward professionalism, it is necessary to consider the ways in which academic instruction may enhance professionalization. One dimension of the definition of a profession is that a profession has control over the key elements of its own destiny. For example, a profession (1) controls entry into the profession, (2) establishes its own standards of expertise, (3) develops its own organizational structures, and (4) regulates its own membership. Given these "keys" to control, the pragmatics of the situation require a "top-down" approach to professionalization. Consideration of the structure of knowledge and of academic institutions, links between academic institutions and professional organizations, and the relationship between academic subjects and certification suggests that the preparation of senior academic leadership is an essential ingredient for movement of the child care field toward professionalization. Future leaders of the child care field will need an educational program that promotes the integration of knowledge on three levels: disciplinary and hierarchical, interdisciplinary and holistic, and thematic and hierarchical. (Concluding remarks focus briefly on issues of student selection and program design.) (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Conference - Research Sequence in Child Care Education (Pittsburgh, PA, November 6-9, 1980).