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ERIC Number: EJ854434
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 62
ISSN: ISSN-1836-9391
Early Childhood Teachers in Contexts of Power: Empowerment and a Voice
Overton, Jenny
Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, v34 n2 p1-10 Jun 2009
This article reports on findings from a qualitative research project (Overton, 2006) that highlighted a lack of empowerment experienced by, with and for eight early childhood teachers working in Tasmanian schools. The study investigated how change affects teachers, and focused on the theme of power as experienced by these teachers. The study noted three dimensions of power relationships in teachers' work lives: power imposed upon teachers (i.e. top-down, bureaucratic power); empowerment for themselves and others (reactionary mechanisms across or between teachers in search of empowerment); and disempowerment (behaviours, events and actions that actively eroded teachers' sense of empowerment). This article outlines the ways in which these teachers were constrained, yet sought to self-enable, in their work contexts. Recommendations and implications are included in the discussion. (Contains 1 table and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Kindergarten
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia