The professional identity of child care practitioners : self-authorship as a theoretical framework

Edwards, Angela Yvette (2014) The professional identity of child care practitioners : self-authorship as a theoretical framework. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


This research contributes new understandings about the development of the professional identity of child care practitioners and how professional identity changes during the transition from student to practitioner. Self-authorship theory was used as the framework to investigate the development of professional identity through exploration of beliefs about practice, sense of self, and capabilities for collaborative engagement. Students recruited for this research were completing their qualifications to work with young children in child care settings. Data from initial and follow-up interviews were analysed to understand change over time in professional identity. Findings indicated a need for training institutions and workplaces to move beyond competency-based training approaches to include more critically reflective learning opportunities. Such a focus on critical reflection has implications for improving the skills, status, and recognition of child care practitioners as educators.

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ID Code: 69036
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Lunn, Joanne & Berthelsen, Donna
Keywords: child care, professional identity, self-authorship theory, sociocultural theory, vocational education, critical reflection, collaboration
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 15 May 2014 01:27
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2015 02:58

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