ERIC Number: ED454996
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Workplace Violence in Early Childhood Settings: A Counter Narrative.
Noting that portrayals of early childhood settings as communities of care distinguish them from other education contexts, this paper presents a counter-narrative that focuses on workplace tensions experienced by an Australian preschool teacher. The counter-narrative was informed by informal interviews held 4 times yearly over a period of 7 years following graduation from an early childhood teacher education program and focused on her new position as a teacher of 3- to 4-year-olds in a community-managed preschool. The paper draws on Soerst and Bryant's conceptualization of violence as omission, repression, and alienation to deconstruct the counter-narrative and thereby identify a range of forces (individual, organization, structural-cultural) that may contribute to workplace violence in early childhood settings. The underlying assumption of the paper is that early childhood practitioners need to problematize prevailing noncritical constructions of early childhood settings as exemplifying communities of care if the field is to work more effectively toward realizing this ideal. (Contains 31 references.) (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Macquarie Univ., North Ryde (Australia).; Australian Research Council.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia