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Educator identities. Emerging issues within personal and professional identities: Changes experienced by Australian pre-service teachers following professional exposure to educational practice within childcare settings
Early Child Development and Care
  • Doireann O'Connor, Univeristy of Notre Dame Australia
  • Christine McGunnigle, The University of Notre Dame Australia
  • Tracy Treasure, University of Notre Dame Australia
  • Serena Davie, University of Notre Dame Australia
Year of Publication
2014
Abstract
This paper presents the findings of a research project investigating the perceptions and expectations held by pre-service teachers regarding the childcare sector. It presents the views of a group of pre-service teachers both before and after their exposure to practice within childcare following a ten week practicum. The personal experiences of the research participants impacted greatly on their evolutionary understanding of and attitude towards the childcare sector. Thematic analysis of the data produced several key concepts that illuminated issues of identity conflict across the care and education divide. This paper makes a necessary contribution to the current research context where research on perspectives of teacher-educators within childcare is limited. It is particularly pertinent in the context of Australia’s implementation of the policy requiring a qualified teacher to be employed within childcare settings from 2014 onwards.
Keywords
  • early childhood education,
  • childcare,
  • identity,
  • professional status,
  • pre-service teachers,
  • practicum
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Citation Information
Doireann O'Connor, Christine McGunnigle, Tracy Treasure and Serena Davie. "Educator identities. Emerging issues within personal and professional identities: Changes experienced by Australian pre-service teachers following professional exposure to educational practice within childcare settings" Early Child Development and Care Vol. 185 Iss. 8 (2014) ISSN: 0300-4430
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/serena-davie/4/