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ERIC Number: EJ995949
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-1350-293X
Professional Cultures and Professional Knowledge: Owning, Loaning and Sharing
Messenger, Wendy
European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, v21 n1 p138-149 2013
This study attempts to examine the relationship between professional culture and collaborative working in Children's Centres in a region of England. In Children's Centres, professionals from different professional backgrounds and different organisations are required to work together towards common goals as required by the Children Act 2004. Children's Centres serve to provide a place where children and families can access a number of services or be signposted to them. Anning (2001), Anning et al. (2006) suggested that some of the main difficulties appeared to be those of trying to combine the cultures of distinct services and professions into new ways of working and sharing professional knowledge. This research is considered with reference to professional journeys, professional identity and perceptions of knowledge. It builds upon the work of Robinson, Atkinson, and Dowling (2008) with reference to inter-professional processes and knowledge distribution, as well as previous work of ["name deleted to maintain the integrity of the review process"] in relation to common threads that draw professionals together. Socio-cultural theory, cultural identity theory, and organisational theory form the basis of the theoretical framework. The research considers how knowledge between different professionals is perceived and shared with reference to Bourdieu (1984), regarding the notion of "habitus" and Bhabha (1994) with reference to the creation of a new culture in terms of a "Third Space." It is based firmly within a qualitative paradigm and is phenomenological in nature. Twenty-five semi-structured interviews were undertaken in order to listen to the voices of different professionals from health, education and family support. Since 1997 and the election of New Labour in Britain, integrated working has been high on the political agenda. At the time of writing it is less certain as to the direction of the new coalition government elected in May 2010. "Integrated working" is considered to be the integration of all services who work with children by working towards common goals by sharing information and expertise. These services include health, education and social care, but may also include psychological services, the police and services provided by voluntary organisations.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)