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ERIC Number: EJ852258
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Dec
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
ISSN: ISSN-0312-5033
Pedagogy in the Nursery: Establishing Practitioner Partnerships in High-Quality Long Day Care Programs
Macfarlane, Kym; Noble, Karen; Cartmel, Jennifer
Australian Journal of Early Childhood, v29 n4 p38-44 Dec 2004
One of the most significant societal changes over the past few decades has been the growing number of women in the paid work force. As a direct result of this sociological phenomenon, childcare centres have been providing long day care for vastly increasing numbers of very young children. The speed of this change has created a societal dilemma regarding the level of training required to prepare practitioners for such important pedagogical work. Traditional approaches to the training and preparation of practitioners for work in this field do not always highlight the significance of the important relationship early childhood education and care practitioners have with very young children, or respond to current conceptualisations of children and families and the contexts in which they live (Dahlberg, Moss & Pence, 2002; Moss, 2003). This paper takes issue with these points by exploring an alternative approach to the preparation of practitioners for work in this field. The use of Learning Circles as a conceptual tool is examined as an alternative response, aimed at developing a concentrated pedagogical process by which undergraduates explore the links between theory and effective practice.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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