Towards competent systems in early childhood education and care: implications for policy and practice

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Author: Urban, Mathias; Vandenbroeck, M.; Laere, Katrien van; Lazzari, Arianna; Peeters, Jan

Abstract:

The close connection between the quality of provision for young children and professionalisation of the field has long been supported by international research. That the two are inseparable aspects of one picture is beginning to become accepted at European policy level, as evident in recent high level [European Union] EU policy documents. This article explores the reciprocal relationship between quality and professionalisation, drawing on the findings of the study on ‘competence requirements in early childhood education and care’ (CoRe), jointly conducted by the University of East London and the University of Gent, and funded by the European Commission. Based on a review of literature in several European languages and data from a 15-country survey and seven in-depth case studies, CoRe has identified systemic conditions for a professionalisation of the entire early childhood system, beyond the formal qualification levels of individual practitioners. The article argues for a critical and systemic reconceptualisation of professional practice in a competent system.

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The close connection between the quality of provision for young children and professionalisation of the field has long been supported by international research. That the two are inseparable aspects of one picture is beginning to become accepted at European policy level, as evident in recent high level [European Union] EU policy documents. This article explores the reciprocal relationship between quality and professionalisation, drawing on the findings of the study on ‘competence requirements in early childhood education and care’ (CoRe), jointly conducted by the University of East ...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Workforce development; Skills and knowledge; Teaching and learning; Quality; Governance; Research; Providers of education and training

Keywords: Educational practice; Preschool education; Education and training system; Research project; Competence; Skill needs; Professional development; Teachers; Teachers aide

Geographic subjects: Europe; Belgium; Croatia; Denmark; France; Greece; Ireland; Italy; Lithuania; Netherlands; Poland; Romania; Slovenia; Spain; Sweden; Great Britain; England; Wales

Published: Oxford, England: Blackwell Publishing, 2012

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Journal title: European journal of education

Journal volume : 47

Journal number: 4

Journal date: December 2012

Pages: pp. 508-526

Series:
Competence requirements in early childhood education and care (CoRe)

Related items: TD/TNC 111.347

ISSN: 0141-8211

Statement of responsibility: Mathias Urban, Michel Vandenbroeck, Katrien Van Laere, Arianna Lazzari, Jan Peeters

Notes:
Special issue: Early childhood education and care in Europe: re-thinking, re-searching and re-conceptualising policies and practices; More information about the CoRe project may be found at: http://www.vbjk.be/en/node/3559

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Call Number:
TD/TNC 111.346



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