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ERIC Number: EJ811321
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
ISSN: ISSN-1350-293X
Discourses of Professional Identity in Early Childhood: Movements in Australia
Woodrow, Christine
European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, v16 n2 p269-280 Jun 2008
The provision of early childhood education and care for children and families has received unprecedented community attention in recent times. In the resulting policy flows, competing and contradictory discourses of professional identity have emerged. In part, these are also shaped by dominant political and economic discourses, and interact with existing and emerging discourses of professionalism within the early childhood sector to both constrain and expand possible professional identities. This article explores some dimensions of these policy trajectories, in particular the increasingly dominant presence of corporatised childcare, and recent strategies to regulate early childhood teachers and courses. The potential impact of these on conceptualisations of professional identity in the Australian context is discussed, and frameworks of caring, reconceptualised leadership and the concept of "robust hope" are signposted as possible conceptual resources for building robust early childhood professional identities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia