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Mäntyjärvi, Marjo; Puroila, Anna-Maija – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2019
This study addresses leadership enactment in the context of early childhood education and care centres in Finland. The study was implemented at a time when the early childhood education and care legislation had changed. The research draws from relational leadership theory to address the following questions: How do leaders, practitioners and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Educational Legislation, Private Schools
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Palaiologou, Ioanna; Male, Trevor – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2019
In this conceptual article, the authors examine the context of early childhood education and care in England and the underpinning predominant ideologies to explore how these impact on the framing of leadership. The English context entails several contradictions (antinomies) at ontological, epistemological and axiological levels, and is heavily…
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, Early Childhood Education, Child Care, Epistemology
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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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Cooper, Maria – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2017
Implementing relationships-based pedagogies in infant and toddler settings might assume that teachers' experiences of emotional labour will be acknowledged. This assumption may be complicated by assessment practices that both rely on and detract from relationship-building opportunities with infants and toddlers. Assessment also relies on…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Infants, Toddlers, Teacher Student Relationship
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Sisson, Jamie Huff; Iverson, Susan V. – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2014
Educational reforms across the globe have had implications for the work of preschool teachers and thus their professional identities. This article draws on a feminist discourse lens to examine data collected from a recent narrative inquiry focused on understanding the professional identities of five public preschool teachers in the USA. This…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Preschool Education, Feminism, Educational Change
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Gibson, Megan – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2013
The Australian government's current workforce reforms in early childhood education and care (ECEC) include a major shift in qualification requirements. The new requirement is that university four-year degree qualified teachers are employed in before-school contexts, including childcare. Ironically, recent research studies show that, in Australia,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Professional Identity, Preschool Teachers, Preschool Education
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Kim, Mina – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2004
The purpose of this study was to explore the philosophical basis of novice preschool teachers in South Korea and how this pedagogical orientation was reflected in their classrooms. Through interviews and observations, this research gave Korean preschool teachers the opportunity to voice their beliefs about child-centered pedagogy, and illuminated…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Teachers, Beginning Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
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Li, Yuen Ling – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2004
Kindergarten teachers in Hong Kong are often criticised for not putting early childhood education theory into practice after their in-service training. It appears that they may be too concerned about academic work and discipline in the classroom and neglect to create a coherent vision of early childhood education. It might be suggested that…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Kindergarten, Preschool Teachers, Early Childhood Education
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Duncan, Judith – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2004
Early childhood care and education services in New Zealand have experienced major policy reforms since 1984. Life history interviews were carried out over a two-year period to obtain insight into the impact of the major reforms on the lives of eight kindergarten teachers. This article looks at the teachers' own perceptions of the changes and how…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Child Care, Educational Change