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ERIC Number: EJ812362
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-1357-5279
Educators or Babysitters? Daycare Caregivers Reflect on Their Profession
Shpancer, Noam; Dunlap, Brandi; Melick, Katherine M.; Coxe, Kelly; Kuntzman, Devon; Sayre, Pamela S.; Toto, Christine; Spivey, Aria T.
Child Care in Practice, v14 n4 p401-412 Oct 2008
Forty-nine caregivers in eight daycare centres were interviewed about their daycare experiences, their own childcare decisions and practices, and their views of how their profession is perceived by society. Results suggest that: caregivers comment positively on the process elements of their work, such as their enjoyment and love of children, and negatively on structural elements, such as salary and working conditions; caregivers' "insider" view of daycare provides a seldom tapped but potentially useful source of information about both the workforce and the work; and caregivers strongly resent being viewed as mere babysitters. They increasingly see themselves--and demand to be treated--as professional educators, who contribute greatly to the successful development of the children in their care. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A