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ERIC Number: EJ1203888
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0300-4430
The Construction of Preschool Teacher Identity in the Public School Context
Scherr, Marla; Johnson, Tricia Giovacco
Early Child Development and Care, v189 n3 p405-415 2019
This article explores how three early childhood teachers working in grant-funded preschools within a public school context construct and negotiate their professional identities. Teachers share narratives that contribute to an understanding of how their beliefs, knowledge, and practice are marginalized by the context in which they work. The evaluation of these narratives from each early childhood teacher found their individual experiences of working in public schools, demonstrated isolation, and exclusion from colleagues. Validation and recognition from their colleagues and administrators influenced their focus on kindergarten readiness in their preschool classrooms, often conflicting with their own values about quality early childhood education. These perceptions have all impacted the construction of these three early childhood teachers' professional identities and practices.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education; Kindergarten; Primary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Wyoming