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ERIC Number: EJ797187
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 24
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-0380-2361
Making a Difference in the Lives of Young Children: A Critical Analysis of a Pedagogical Discourse for Motivating Young Women to Become Early Childhood Educators
Langford, Rachel
Canadian Journal of Education, v31 n1 p78-101 2008
Findings in this article indicate that training programs use a key pedagogical and ideological discourse of "teachers make a difference" to motivate female early childhood education students to enter and stay in the field. However, research in the area of workforce retention maintains that many graduates are not willing to enter and stay in a workforce characterized as economically, socially, and politically marginalized, and part of a secondary labour market. This article, which presents an alternative pedagogical discourse to account for the realities of the work, could initiate changes in professional identity formation, social relations, and economic arrangements. (Contains 1 table and 2 notes.) [Abstract provided in both English and French.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada