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ERIC Number: EJ846419
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jun
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-0312-5033
Staff Shortages in Children's Services: Challenging Taken-for-Granted Discourses
Sumsion, Jennifer
Australian Journal of Early Childhood, v30 n2 p40-48 Jun 2005
This article is concerned with the continuing staff shortages in Australian long day care services. To expand possibilities for addressing this ongoing problem, the article advocates the use of discourse as a theoretical and practical tool for reframing discussions about staff shortages. Drawing on discourses of crisis and professionalism as examples, it suggests refocusing conversations and action around discourses of opportunity and critical professionalism, rather than the gendered professionalism traditionally associated with children's services. (Contains 4 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia