With the rapid change experienced by the Early Years Workforce over recent times, this book considers what constitutes professionalization in the sector, and what this means in practice. Bringing a critical perspective to the developing knowledge of early years practitioners at various stages of their professional development, it draws attention to key themes and issues.
Chapters are written by leading authorities, and provide case studies, questions and discussion points to facilitate critical thinking. Topics covered include:
constructions of professional identities
men in the early years
multi-disciplinary working in the early years
professionalization in the nursery
early childhood leadership and policy.
Written in an accessible style and relevant to all levels of early years courses, the book is highly relevant to those studying at Masters level, and has staggered levels of Further Reading that encourage reflection and progression.
Linda Miller is Professor Emeritus of Early Years, The Open University.
Carrie Cable is Senior Lecturer in Education, The Open University.
'It is refreshing to find a book that reflects the upsurge in interest in professionalism in early childhood. Not only does it celebrate the real professionalism displayed by so many practitioners it also critiques the term as used by governments. The insights provided by the different authors adds up to a fascinating volume which should form the basis for academic debate. I look forward to using it with my Early Childhood students' -
Elizabeth Coates, Associate Professor, Director: Early Childhood Studies Undergraduate Programme,
University of Warwick
|About the editors and contributors||p. ix|
|The changing face of professionalism in the early years||p. 1|
|Leading, Managing and New Professional Identities||p. 11|
|Leading and managing in the early years||p. 13|
|Challenging identities: a case for leadership||p. 29|
|Early years professionalism: issues, challenges and opportunities||p. 47|
|Childcare practitioners and the process of professionalization||p. 62|
|Working in multidisciplinary teams||p. 77|
|Towards a New Professionalism in the Early Years||p. 91|
|Constructions of professional identity||p. 93|
|Contested constructions of professionalism within the nursery||p. 107|
|Where are the men? A critical discussion of male absence in the early years||p. 119|
|Towards professionalism/s||p. 133|
|A new Professionalism||p. 147|
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Series: Critical Issues in the Early Years
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 184
Published: 9th November 2010
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 16.6 x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.32