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ERIC Number: EJ828132
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1350-293X
Working Together. Policy and Practice in Scottish Early Childhood Centres
Paton, Grace
European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, v15 n3 p441-454 Sep 2007
A key policy response to continuing concerns about levels of poverty and social exclusion in the United Kingdom has been the promotion of integrated children's services, involving professionals from education, social work, health and other fields working together on an inter-agency basis. This small-scale qualitative research project, using an opportunity sample approach, examines interview data to explore how leaders in early childhood centres in West Scotland construct the meaning of integrated working, its perceived benefits and the associated challenges and facilitators for practice. It draws on the analysis of social capital to explain practice in terms of bonding, bridging and linking networks and the importance of trust and reciprocity. Early findings indicate that there is considerable consistency in views relating to establishing communities of trust and professional networks and some divergence of views relating to issues of civic trust. The study examines the policy implications of these findings. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)