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Caregivers' beliefs about practice in infant child care programmes

Brownlee, Joanne M., Berthelsen, Donna C., Irving, Kim, Boulton-Lewis, Gillian M., & McCrindle, Andrea R. (2000) Caregivers' beliefs about practice in infant child care programmes. International Journal of Early Years Education, 8(2), pp. 155-165.

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Abstract

Infant caregivers in centre-based child care were videotaped as they interacted with the children during routine and non-routine activities. During a subsequent interview, the video provided a stimulus for discussion and reflection on practices. Caregivers were also asked to write about their beliefs on good practice in caring for infants. Transcripts of the interviews and the written statements were then analysed for evidence of naïve and informed beliefs about caregiving. Most caregivers held naïve beliefs and only one caregiver had an informed understanding of professional practice with infants. The usefulness of the analytical framework used in this research is discussed as a means for understanding caregiving practices. It has important implications for approaches to initial professional education of early childhood teachers and for professional development programmes.

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ID Code: 12282
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: For more information, please refer to the journal’s website (see hypertext link) or contact the author.
DOI: 10.1080/09669760050046192
ISSN: 1469-8463
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori) (130102)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Learning Sciences (130309)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2000 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: First published in International Journal of Early Years Education 8(2):pp. 155-165.
Deposited On: 01 Feb 2008
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2013 11:04

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