Promoting professional freedom: Public preschools dealing with the market
2009 (English)In: Educação, Soeciedade & Culturas, ISSN 0872-7643, no 29, 73-87 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The aim of this article is to contribute to the discussion of the privatisation and marketisation of childcare in Sweden from the perspective of public preschool teachers. Interviews were conducted with three teachers and their principal. The respondents were asked to elaborate on their experiences of the recent establishment of a nearby private preschool and its possible impact on their own preschool practice. A narrative analysis revealed three key narratives in the data: the market narrative, the narrative of the good public preschool and the narrative of professional freedom. The key narratives made visible a local sense making and re-negotiation of cultural discourses about marketisation, making freedom of choice a prerogative for public preschool teachers instead of for parents. We argue that this may have implications or the teaching profession and teacher identity.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. no 29, 73-87 p.
privatisation, Swedish preschool, teacher professionalism, teacher identity, narrative
Research subject Educational Work; Education
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-261453OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-261453DiVA: diva2:850486
ProjectsDen utmanade förskolan