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ERIC Number: EJ883575
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1068-6177
What Do Early Childhood "Professionals" Do?
Castle, Kathryn
Dimensions of Early Childhood, v37 n3 p4-10 Fall 2009
"Professionalism" is typically defined as acting in accordance with agreed-upon professional standards or ethical codes. For entry into many types of careers, a professional needs a credential such as a license, certificate, or degree. To actually be professional requires that one accept and follow the ethical code adopted by the field. In nearly every field, many people hold credentials, but fewer act professionally. Professionals exhibit sound decision making and routinely engage in appropriate performance. Professionals working with or for young children and their families plan for their professional growth including setting goals for continued training and education. In this article, the author describes three characteristics of being professional, namely: (1) professional knowledge; (2) competence; and (3) commitment to the ethical standards. She also discusses how professional knowledge, competence, and ethical conduct can be actively developed through a systematic approach to one's career.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A