'I want to educate school age children' : producing early childhood teacher professional identities

Gibson, Megan L. (2013) 'I want to educate school age children' : producing early childhood teacher professional identities. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 14(2), pp. 127-137.

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The Australian Government’s current workforce reforms in early childhood education and care (ECEC) include a major shift in qualification requirements. The new requirement is that university four-year degree-qualified teachers are employed in before-school contexts, including child care. Ironically, recent research studies show that, in Australia, the very preservice teachers who are enrolled in these degree programs have a reluctance to work in childcare. This article reports on part of a larger study which is inquiring into how early childhood teacher professional identities are discursively produced, and provides a partial mapping of the literature. One preservice teacher’s comment provides the starting point, and the paper locates some the discourses that are accessible to preservice teachers as they prepare for the early years workforce. An awareness of the discursive field provides a sound background for preparing early childhood teachers. A challenge for the field is to consider which discourses are dominant, and how they potentially work to privilege work in some ECEC contexts over others.

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ID Code: 62381
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Early childhood education, Preservice teacher education, Child care, Professionalism, Professional identities, HERN
DOI: 10.2304/ciec.2013.14.2.127
ISSN: 1463-9491
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) > Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators (130313)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood
Deposited On: 10 Sep 2013 22:13
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2014 05:01

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