Alternatives to neoliberalism? The development of day care centres and the role of social educators and their unions

Bidragets oversatte titel: Alternativer til neoliberalisme? Pædagogers og tillidsvalgtes rolle i udviklingen på daginstitutionsområdet

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    Abstract

    This paper will discuss the consequences of neoliberal governance in Danish day care centres, the social educators’ response, and the possible development of alternatives based on collective participation of social educators and union representatives. We will show how important and unnoticed professional competencies come under pressure, and how collective interest representation is challenged. We will discuss how concepts of “gestural knowledge”, “coherence” and “rhythm” open for a new understanding of professional competence. And we will conclude that the social educators and their unions have the possibility to contribute to the development of a new welfare paradigm.

    The paper is based on material from two research projects (Ahrenkiel et al. 2009, 2011) involving social educators and union representatives in day care institutions. We have observed everyday work activities in day care centres and various meetings involving union representatives and on this basis interviewed both social educators and union representatives. The interviews have been open and loosely structured, with a focus on encouraging the participants to talk about important aspects of their work. Everyday work was also the starting point for research workshops in the projects, inspired by action research, where the focal point was the suggestions for change put forward by the social educators and union representatives themselves.
    OriginalsprogEngelsk
    Publikationsdato4 dec. 2011
    Antal sider10
    StatusUdgivet - 4 dec. 2011
    Begivenhed7th International Conference on Researching Work and Learning - East China Normal University, Shanghai, Kina
    Varighed: 4 dec. 20117 dec. 2011
    Konferencens nummer: 7
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    Konference7th International Conference on Researching Work and Learning
    Nummer7
    LokationEast China Normal University
    LandKina
    ByShanghai
    Periode04/12/201107/12/2011
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