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ERIC Number: EJ1043626
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1350-293X
Common Sense or Professional Qualifications? Division of Labour in Kindergartens
Steinnes, Gerd Sylvi
European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, v22 n4 p478-495 2014
This article compares the division of labour between kindergarten teachers and assistants in Norwegian kindergartens and discusses the two groups' perceptions of what kind of knowledge is important in order to carry out their tasks. This study is based on a survey representing kindergartens from all over Norway, and is part of a national research project. Responses to the survey show that differences are fewer than expected, both regarding the kind of tasks kindergarten teachers and assistants perform, and the way they see themselves as qualified for their work. Does this imply that kindergarten culture is less dominated by kindergarten teachers' formal qualifications, and characterised more by common sense and popular views on upbringing? The article discusses these questions in the light of empirical data and theoretical perspectives on knowledge and its impact on professional practice.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Kindergarten; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Norway
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