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Caregivers' beliefs about practice in infant child care programmes

Brownlee, Joanne M., Berthelsen, Donna C., Irving, Kym A., 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 nave and informed beliefs about caregiving. Most caregivers held nave 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: 31926
Item Type: Journal Article
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DOI: 10.1080/09669760050046192
ISSN: 0966-9760
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Deposited On: 23 Apr 2010 00:30
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2013 01:04

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