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Arndt, Sonja; Urban, Mathias; Murray, Colette; Smith, Kylie; Swadener, Beth; Ellegaard, Tomas – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2018
In this collective article, the authors explore constructions of early childhood practitioners and how they disconnect and reconnect in a global neo-liberal education policy context. The contributions to the conversation provide windows into shifting professional identities across five national contexts: New Zealand, the USA, Ireland, Australia…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Professional Identity, Comparative Education
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Monrad, Merete – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2017
This article examines the interplay between governance and cost-containment efforts in the public sector and the emotional labour and well-being of childcare workers. Care-work researchers have highlighted the complexities of power in emotional labour, such as the fact that emotional labour may simultaneously benefit the individual worker and…
Descriptors: Governance, Public Sector, Cost Effectiveness, Child Caregivers
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Brogaard Clausen, Sigrid – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2015
International comparisons strongly influence national policy agendas in the early years. However, an appreciation of details and national context and differences is imperative to promote democracy. From the perspective of a Danish social pedagogue lecturing in Early Childhood Studies in England, the author presents a cross-national comparison to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Democracy, Cross Cultural Studies, Educational Quality