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ERIC Number: EJ978147
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Mar
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-1836-9391
Early Childhood Professionals and Inter-Professional Work in Integrated Early Childhood Services in Australia
Wong, Sandie; Sumsion, Jennifer; Press, Frances
Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, v37 n1 p81-88 Mar 2012
A growing body of literature argues that integrated services, where a range of professionals including early childhood professionals work together in teams, offer a potentially highly effective strategy for providing families with access to a range of services in a seamless "joined-up" way. Some have cautioned, however, that early childhood pedagogy and professionals within such hybrid services are in danger of being marginalised. Despite the growing literature suggesting strategies for supporting inter-professional teamwork in integrated services, there are relatively few empirical studies of how such teams operate in practice in Australian contexts. This paper reports on findings from a project funded by the "Professional Support Coordinators Alliance" (PSCA), that investigated, through a survey (n = 25) and case studies (n = 10), the experiences of professionals in integrated services across Australia and their perspectives on factors that contribute to the success of these services and to inter-professional working. The findings indicate that the early childhood professionals who participated in the study are generally optimistic about these services and about working in inter-professional teams. (Contains 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia