In tension: between professionalism, marketizaton and care

Jakob Ditlev Bøje, Steen Baagøe Nielsen

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Across most of the western world, neo-liberal and neo-conservative tendencies have, since the 1980’s, made their impact on the educational systems of the welfare state. In particular lower and upper secondary school have felt the impact of educational reform, but also higher education and pre-school has been scrutinized and transformed in accordance with ideas about, for instance, higher standards, better teachers, more effective management etc.

In a Danish context pre-school somehow seems to have escaped some of the neo-liberal and neo-conservative tendencies. More specifically, pre-school has not been placed under exactly the same regimes of truth and technologies of curriculum, teaching, testing and evaluation as has, for instance, lower and upper secondary school. Instead, pre-school in Denmark is still very much a warehouse for kids (while their parents go to work) and at the same time an institution for care.

In this paper we will explore the daily grind in the Danish day care institution. Our analyses will be based on a newly started research project focusing on recently qualified pedagogues and their ways of finding into practice and possibly changing it. By focusing on recently qualified pedagogues we will analyse how their professional ethos attained at school is applied – or not applied – in practice; how it relates to and differs from institutional kinds care and bureaucratic forms of governance.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2011
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event21st EECERA Annual Conference: Education from birth: research, practices and educational policy - Geneve, Switzerland
Duration: 14 Sep 201117 Sep 2011
Conference number: 21


Conference21st EECERA Annual Conference

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