Knowledge, practice, and the shaping of early childhood professionalism

Hordern, J (2016) 'Knowledge, practice, and the shaping of early childhood professionalism.' European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, 24 (4). pp. 508-520. ISSN 1350-293X

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This article argues for an early childhood professionalism based upon notions of professional community and professional knowledge. Professionalism is conceived here as shaped by the relation between the social and the epistemic, with certain types of professional knowledge given precedence in accordance with the involvement of different organisations, institutions and public bodies. It is argued that shared processes that recognise the validity of certain types of knowledge for practice are required in order to advance early childhood professionalism, and that this requires forms of sociality that are derived from disciplinary communities but are often adopted, and adapted, by professionalised occupations. Drawing primarily on English examples, but with reference to other European countries, the development of the types of professional community that could advance professionalism is seen as challenged by the fragmented nature of the early childhood workforce, organisational diversity and the role of government.

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Article first published online in November 2014.

Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Divisions: School of Education
UoA: Education
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Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2014 21:16
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