Everyday practice and unnoticed professional competence in day care work

Bidragets oversatte titel: Upåagtet faglighed og hverdagspraksis i daginstitutionsarbejde

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    In Denmark more than 9 out 10 children attend day care centers that are publicly funded and regulated. The main part of employees, the social educators, at day care centers have attended a 3½ years educational programme with both theoretical and practical elements. Nevertheless it has been hard for the social educators to get recognition for their professional competencies and the societal importance of their work.

    Neoliberal governance has imposed a lot of demands for documentation, evaluation etc., and a growing focus on children’s learning in day care centers has resulted in national goals for learning outcomes. For the social educators this has meant more time being spent on formal learning activities, and they have received the new demands with mixed feelings: on the one hand they can help the social educators getting more acknowledged for doing some valuable and visible work. On the other hand it can tend to underestimate the value of a large part of their work which is embedded in what in the paper will be explored as unnoticed professional competences.

    Building on empirical results from research in day care centers based on mixed methods (observations, interviews and action research based workshops) the paper will discuss work practice in an everyday life perspective. This perspective opens for understanding professional competence as part of creating coherence in children’s and families’ lives as well as during the day in the day care centers. It also opens for a discussion of how different forms of knowledge function together in the social educators’ work practice.
    Bidragets oversatte titelUpåagtet faglighed og hverdagspraksis i daginstitutionsarbejde
    Publikationsdato10 maj 2012
    Antal sider12
    StatusUdgivet - 10 maj 2012
    BegivenhedProPel International Conference: Professionl Practice, Education and Learning - University of Stirling, UK, Stirling, Storbritannien
    Varighed: 9 maj 201211 maj 2012


    KonferenceProPel International Conference
    LokationUniversity of Stirling, UK


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