Journal article

Reconceptualising and (re)forming early childhood professional identities: Ongoing transnational policy discussions

Sonja Arndt, Kylie Smith, Mathias Urban, Tomas Ellegard, Beth Blue Swadener, Colette Murray

POLICY FUTURES IN EDUCATION | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2020

Abstract

Problematic policy constructions of the purpose of education implicate professional identities and working conditions of professionals working with the youngest children. This paper builds on our earlier writing, to contest teacher professional identities in Australia, Ireland, Denmark and the United States of America, to illustrate the crucial importance of contextualised policy landscapes in early childhood education and care. It uses prevailing policy constructions, power imbalances and tensions in defining teacher identities, to ask crucial questions, such as what has become of the professional ‘self’. It questions the fundamental ethics of care and encounter, and of worthy wage and othe..

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