ERIC Number: EJ1061767
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
Educator Identities. Emerging Issues within Personal and Professional Identities: Changes Experienced by Australian Pre-Service Teachers Following Professional Exposure to Educational Practice within Childcare Settings
O'Connor, D.; McGunnigle, C.; Treasure, T.; Davie, S.
Early Child Development and Care, v185 n8 p1331-1342 2015
This paper presents the findings of a research project investigating the perceptions and expectations held by pre-service teachers regarding the childcare sector. It presents the views of a group of pre-service teachers both before and after their exposure to practice within childcare following a 10-week practicum. The personal experiences of the research participants impacted greatly their evolutionary understanding of and attitude towards the childcare sector. Thematic analysis of the data produced several key concepts that illuminated issues of identity conflict across the care and education divide. This paper makes a necessary contribution to the current research context where research on perspectives of teacher-educators within childcare is limited. It is particularly pertinent in the context of Australia's implementation of the policy requiring a qualified teacher to be employed within childcare settings from 2014 onwards.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Professional Identity, Preservice Teachers, Child Care, Early Childhood Education, Practicums, Student Attitudes, Expectation, Teaching Experience, Change, Mixed Methods Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Early Childhood Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia