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ERIC Number: EJ854417
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-0312-5033
The Construction of Early Childhood Teachers' Professional Identities, Then and Now
Whitehead, Kay
Australian Journal of Early Childhood, v33 n3 p34-41 Sep 2008
This paper explores the ideas of teacher educator Lillian de Lissa, who established the Kindergarten Training College in Adelaide in 1907 and spent the following 40 years in early childhood teacher education in Australia and the United Kingdom. I argue that de Lissa's enduring concern was the construction of early childhood teachers' professional identities. To this end, the curriculum, teaching methods and culture of the training colleges focused on the "all round development" of the pre-service teacher--that is her head, heart and hand. These historical understandings are used to discuss early childhood teachers' professional identities in contemporary times.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia; United Kingdom