Caregiver knowledge base as evident in reflections on infant experiences in day care

Brownlee, Joanne M., Irving, Kym A., Berthelsen, Donna C., Boulton-Lewis, Gillian M., & McCrindle, Andrea R. (1997) Caregiver knowledge base as evident in reflections on infant experiences in day care. In 10th Australasian Human Development Association Conference, 10-12th July 1997, Adelaide, Australia.


This paper presents a framework for analysing caregiver reflections on infant experiences in long day care. The routine and non-routine experiences of infants are illustrated through the descriptions and reflections provided by caregivers from eight centres during stimulated recall interviews (c.f. Meade & McMenimam, 1992). The caregivers ranged in age from 24 to 48 years and averaged 11 years in child care (range 5 to 20 years) with the majority holding a child care qualification. The interview responses were analysed in relation to the forms of knowledge expressed by caregivers: declarative (knowing that something is the case), procedural (knowing how to do something), and conditional (justifying strategies or procedural knowledge in terms of declarative knowledge). In addition, the extent to which responses reflected naïve (little or no evidence of theoretical knowledge) or informed (evidence of theoretical knowledge and relational understanding of concepts) knowledge base was identified. The degree to which integration of naïve and informed knowledge was apparent in the caregivers’ reflections on practice and infant development is discussed, along with implications for practice and training in infant care.

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ID Code: 12359
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: For more information, please refer to the Association’s website (see hypertext link) or contact the author. Abstract published in Australian Journal of Psychology, volume 49, issue 1, December 1997, pages 52-79.
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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 1997 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 11 Feb 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2013 01:04

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