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A day in the life of an early childhood teacher: identifying the confronting issues and challenges that arise

Ohi, Sarah 2014, A day in the life of an early childhood teacher: identifying the confronting issues and challenges that arise, Creative education, vol. 5, no. 11, Special issue, pp. 1008-1018, doi: 10.4236/ce.2014.511115.

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Title A day in the life of an early childhood teacher: identifying the confronting issues and challenges that arise
Author(s) Ohi, Sarah
Journal name Creative education
Volume number 5
Issue number 11
Season Special issue
Start page 1008
End page 1018
Total pages 11
Publisher Scientific Research Publishing
Place of publication Irvine, California
Publication date 2014-06
ISSN 2151-4771
Keyword(s) teaching
teachers
teachers' roles
early years
early childhood
de-professionalization
professional identity
Summary Recent emphasis upon Early Childhood as an educational priority for the Australian Government has resulted in increases in funding, government initiatives, course providers and the introduc- tion of new policies to the sector in order to improve the quality of early childhood education. The study reported here investigated the "reality" of what it means to be an Early Childhood Teacher within this changing context and identified the roles and responsibilities and the associated chal- lenges. A case study involving observation and interviews with five Bachelor qualified Teachers from varied early childhood settings was undertaken in order to gain knowledge about their ex- periences and perspectives on their work. The data were analyzed using a grounded theory ap- proach involving the identification of key themes and issues about the nature of teachers' work. The findings revealed that in their everyday practice teachers played a complex array of roles that required them to contribute far more than just their teaching skills and knowledge. They were expected to concurrently enact the roles of educator, leader, advocate, communicator, counsellor and administrator whilst juggling everyday challenges including a "lack of time", the need for "further support and more resources" and "building successful partnerships with parents".
Language eng
DOI 10.4236/ce.2014.511115
Field of Research 130102 Early Childhood Education (excl Maori)
130103 Higher Education
130199 Education systems not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2014, Scientific Research Publishing
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30065028

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