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Preschool teachers' and student preschool teachers' thoughts about professionalism in Sweden
Uppsala University, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Curriculum Studies.
2008 (English)In: European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, ISSN 1350-293X, E-ISSN 1752-1807, Vol. 16, no 2, 186-195 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article discusses the different ways in which students and preschool teachers at two Swedish universities interpret the concept of professionalism. Data for this article are drawn from a study conducted in two different urban areas of Sweden which explored the following four questions: (1) What does the concept of professionalism imply for preschool teachers and students? (2) What does a professional teacher do in a preschool/school/after-school recreation centre? (3) How is professionalism developed? (4) What does preschool teachers' professionalism mean in comparison with professionalism in other closely related professions such as day-care attendants or recreational pedagogues? The survey was conducted using a questionnaire that students completed during a lesson at the university and by their supervisors at preschools. Data from the study are interpreted against a theoretical background that problematises the concept of 'professionalism' within the societal context of preschools in Sweden.

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2008. Vol. 16, no 2, 186-195 p.
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professionalism, preschool, student teachers, preschool teachers, recreational pedagogues
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Pedagogy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-141111DOI: 10.1080/13502930802141618ISI: 000257931100005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-141111DiVA: diva2:385044
Available from: 2011-01-11 Created: 2011-01-11 Last updated: 2017-12-11Bibliographically approved

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