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Professionalism in early childhood education : doing our best for young children

Author: Stephanie Feeney
Publisher: Boston : Pearson, ©2012.
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Synopsis: In this groundbreaking book Stephanie Feeney addresses the topic of professionalism and how insights gained from the study of professions can contribute to practice in the field of early childhood education. She offers an approach to looking at professionalism that reflects the unique history, mission and knowledge base of the field of early childhood education. In it she discusses: the nature of  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stephanie Feeney
ISBN: 9780137064700 0137064705
OCLC Number: 746618660
Description: xiii, 130 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: About the author --
Acknowledgments --
Introduction --
Professionalism as a topic of study --
1: What Is A Profession?: --
Historical context for understanding professions --
What do the terms mean in popular culture? --
What do the terms mean in scholarly literature? --
Criteria for determining if an occupation is a profession --
Continuum of occupations --
How do we expect professionals to behave? --
Issues regarding professions --
2: Is Early Childhood Education A Profession?: --
Factors that have influenced the professional status of early childhood education --
What is the professional status of early childhood education? --
Where do we stand? --
Prospects for the future --
Which way should we go from here? --
Professionalism as individual practice --
3: Knowledge And Skills: --
Historical influences on programs for young children --
Influence of programs for low-income children --
Standards movement --
Early childhood teacher preparation standards --
What should early childhood educators know and be able to do? --
How do knowledge and skills come together in practice? --
4: Behaving Like A Professional: --
Communication and relationships --
Work ethic --
Moral and ethical behavior --
Behaving ethically --
Advocacy --
5: Personal Attributes: --
What personal attributes are desirable? --
What educators bring into the world --
What educators are like as people --
What educators bring to the workplace --
Self-knowledge --
6: Doing Your Best For Children: --
Looking backward --
Discover your calling --
Take a development perspective --
Continue to learn and grow --
Looking forward --
Appendices: --
A: Code of ethical conduct and statement of commitment --
B: Recommended resources --
C: Self-assessment --
D: Professional development plan --
Index.
Responsibility: Stephanie Feeney.

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Synopsis: In this groundbreaking book Stephanie Feeney addresses the topic of professionalism and how insights gained from the study of professions can contribute to practice in the field of early childhood education. She offers an approach to looking at professionalism that reflects the unique history, mission and knowledge base of the field of early childhood education. In it she discusses: the nature of professions; the professional status of early childhood education: knowledge and skills that are needed to work effectively with young children (technical competence); professional behaviors needed by early childhood educators including communication skills, work ethic, and professional ethics (moral competence), and personal attributes that are desirable for those who work with young children. Because experiences in the early years are so important, those who work with young children need to exhibit a high degree of professionalism in their day-to-day work with children. This book was written to guide them in providing the high standards of nurturing education and care that young children need to support their development.

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