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ERIC Number: EJ919129
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1082-3301
Experienced Early Childhood Teachers as Graduate Students: A Process of Change
Mevorach, Miriam; Miron, Mordechai
Early Childhood Education Journal, v39 n1 p7-16 Apr 2011
This paper explores perceptions of professional identity among experienced early childhood educators (ECEs) who are novice students in a new master's degree program in ECE. We sought to examine the changes experienced by these educators. The study used qualitative content analysis, which included an open-ended questionnaire that was administered twice to the participants: at the beginning of their first year of study and at the end of the second year. The findings indicate a change in the participants' perceptions of their multi-dimensional professional identity. They began to examine the early childhood educational system with a critical point of view based on their academic and pedagogical conceptual vision, and became aware of the contingent political consequences. We believe this study will enable us to advance the ECE system and promote academic research conducted by professionals.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Higher Education
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Language: English
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