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Professionalisation of early childhood education and care practitioners: working conditions in Ireland

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dc.contributor.author Mooney Simmie, Geraldine
dc.contributor.author Murphy, Dawn
dc.date.accessioned 2021-04-26T09:52:16Z
dc.date.available 2021-04-26T09:52:16Z
dc.date.issued 2021
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/10027
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract The last decade has revealed a global (re)configuring of the relationships between the state, society and educational settings in the direction of systems of performance management. In this article, the authors conduct a critical feminist inquiry into this changing relationship in relation to the professionalisation of early childhood education and care practitioners in Ireland, with a focus on dilemmatic contradictions between the policy reform ensemble and practitioners’ reported working conditions in a doctoral study. The critique draws from the politics of power and education, and gendered and classed subjectivities, and allows the authors to theorise early childhood education and care professionalisation in alternative emancipatory ways for democratic pedagogy rather than a limited performativity. The findings reveal the state (re)configured as a central command centre with an over-reliance on surveillance, alongside deficits of responsibility for public interest values in relation to the working conditions of early childhood education and care workers, who are mostly part-time ‘pink-collar’ women workers in precarious roles. The study has implications that go beyond Ireland for the professionalisation of early childhood education and care workers and meeting the early developmental needs of young children en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher SAGE en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood pp. 1-15
dc.subject critical feminist inquiry en_US
dc.subject early childhood education and care en_US
dc.title Professionalisation of early childhood education and care practitioners: working conditions in Ireland en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1177/14639491211010187
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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