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ERIC Number: EJ811317
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1350-293X
A Finnish Viewpoint on Professionalism in Early Childhood Education
Karila, Kirsti
European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, v16 n2 p210-223 Jun 2008
This article discusses professionalism in early childhood education through the analytical tool of a research-based multi-level perspective that sees this as a cultural, communal, organisational, and individual phenomenon. Starting from an understanding of professionalism derived from a model of professional expertise, the article discusses the Finnish day-care context at the social and cultural level, followed by a discussion of field-specific knowledge as a tool for building professionalism. Professionalism is further examined as it plays out in the employees' working environment, the day-care centre and its working culture and from the perspective of the professionals themselves. Key characteristics of professionalism in the Finnish early childhood education sector are also summarised. (Contains 1 table and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Finland