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ERIC Number: EJ977959
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-0957-5146
Accompaniment and Quality in Childcare Services: The Emergence of a Culture of Professionalization
Pirard, Florence; Barbier, Jean-Marie
Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, v32 n2 p171-182 2012
This article addresses various educational cultures observed today in a variety of training and professional development contexts in the field of early childhood education. The paper also analyses methods of developing and implementing training or professional "accompaniment". This notion of "accompaniment" has been developed in the context of French-speaking countries, especially in relation to the development of childcare services and the search for quality. From a case study using "accompaniment" as a professional development initiative to consider freedom of movement for children aged birth to three years as a quality criterion in daily educational practice, the article illustrates the importance of considering innovation in the professional development of early years educators, not only as a new initiative in this specific context, but also as a signifier of the wider emergence of a new culture of professionalization where actions, actors and environment undergo change simultaneously. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Belgium; France