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Professionalization, Leadership and Management in the Early Years

Professionalization, Leadership and Management in the Early Years

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December 2010 | 184 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

With the rapid change experienced by the Early Years Workforce over recent times, this book considers what constitutes professionalization in the sector, and what this means in practice. Bringing a critical perspective to the developing knowledge and understanding of early years practitioners at various stages of their professional development, it draws attention to key themes and issues.

Chapters are written by leading authorities and researchers in the field, and provide case studies from practice, and questions and discussion points to facilitate critical thinking.

Topics covered include:

  • leading and managing in the early years
  • reflective journeys
  • constructions of professional identities
  • men in the early years
  • multi-disciplinary working in the early years
  • professionalization in the nursery
  • child care practitioners and professionalization
  • early childhood leadership and policy.

With staggered levels of Further Reading, the editors and contributors provide a rich source of material that encourages reflection and promotes progression.

Linda Miller and Carrie Cable
The Changing Face of Professionalism in the Early Years
Mary E. Whalley
Leading and Managing in the Early Years
Christine Woodrow
Challenging Identities: A Case for Leadership
Dorothy McMillan and Glenda Walsh
Early Years Professionalism: Issues, Challenges and Opportunities
Jan Peeters and Michel Vandenbroeck
Child Care Practitioners and the Process of Professionalization
Sue Greenfield
Working in Multidisciplinary Teams
Gill McGillivray
Constructions of Professional Identity
Jayne Osgood
Contested Constructions of Professionalism within the Nursery
Guy Roberts-Holmes and Simon Brownhill
Where Are the Men? A Critical Discussion of Male Absence in the Early Years
Iris Duhn
Towards Professionalism/s
Carrie Cable and Linda Miller
A New Professionalism

'It is refreshing to find a book that reflects the upsurge in interest in professionalism in early childhood. Not only does it celebrate the real professionalism displayed by so many practitioners it also critiques the term as used by governments. The insights provided by the different authors adds up to a fascinating volume which should form the basis for academic debate. I look forward to using it with my Early Childhood students' -
Elizabeth Coates, Associate Professor, Director: Early Childhood Studies Undergraduate Programme, University of Warwick

A comprehensive and contemporary text addressing many of the issues that face practitioners developing their own pedagogy, philosophy and professionalism. This book examines the role of the practitioner and how the perception of professionalism has developed within a policy structure that focuses on achievement, literacy and numeracy. This analysis may help students to unravel the issues and barriers surrounding good practice.
As a practitioner of 25 years it was inspiring to read this coherent analysis of my role.
Highly recommended for student, leaders, managers and the practitioners.

Ms Caroline Brooks
Dept of Educ, Childhood & Inclusion, Sheffield Hallam University
November 1, 2017

Vital for anyone studying FdA in Early Years. Clear and insightful. Highly recommended.

Miss Kelly Stewart
Higher education, Accrington & Rossendale College
April 15, 2016

An excellent book that is well written. Also good for MA and EdD level. Highly recommended if you interested in professionalization and leadership.

Ms Eva Mikuska
Deapartment of Childcare, Social Work and Social Care, University of Chichester
April 29, 2015

A must read for anyone currently undertaking a reflective practice or management module as part of their early childhood degree. This clearly written and easy to read book offers readers in-depth discourse around what it takes to lead and manage early years provisions today and developing professionalization.

HESC Office, Barnet College
October 14, 2015

Informative and situated at the correct level to support FdA courses

care and early years, Tresham Institute
February 15, 2016

Ideal as a reference text for those considering professionalization of Early Years. The authors offer great insight into current issues relating to early childhood. Comprehensive text for study at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Mrs Sharon Colilles
Carnegie Faculty of Sports & Education, Leeds Beckett University
December 16, 2014

Fulfils the needs of the course and was successfully utilised last year. The students found it to be an accessible text.

Mrs Faith Anne Fletcher
Secondary Education, The University of Chester
August 26, 2015

Strong underpinning of managerial pedagogy.
Clear, well defined examples and illustrations but retains academic challenge.

Mrs Faith Anne Fletcher
Secondary Education, The University of Chester
August 25, 2015

Another excellent resource from Sage. It's an invaluable tool for understanding the professionalization of early years practitioners and that will provide many opportunities for discussions.

Mrs Anna Colgan
Higher Education, Banbury and Bicester College
August 7, 2014

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