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Professionalizing Early Childhood Education as a Field of Practice: A Guide to the Next Era.


Professionalizing Early Childhood Education as a Field of Practice: A Guide to the Next Era

Stacie G. Goffin

Redleaf Press


86 pages



Goffin, a specialist in early childhood education, argues that the early childhood education field lacks common expectations for the knowledge, skills, dispositions, and preparation teachers need, along with a general lack of cohesion, and contends that the profession needs a unified purpose and systems of preparation, practice, and accountability. She presents questions and guidance for creating conversations that inform an alternative future for the field, guiding readers on considering the questions of what major choices will be required to move the field forward, what principles or values should guide the formation of early childhood education as a professional field of practice, what options are available for the field's structure, what the starting place should be for structuring it as a profession, and what else is needed to move forward. She discusses how to develop awareness of mental models, personal beliefs and values, and resistance to change and their impact on the field; prepare for conversations and facilitate dialogue, with specific questions to ask; and facilitate conversations. ([umlaut] Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)

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