Promoting professional identity development: community capacity building in early childhood education across the local context

Noble, Karen (2007) Promoting professional identity development: community capacity building in early childhood education across the local context. In: Eidos Emerge 2007 Conference: Valuing and Investing in People, 10 Sep 2007, Brisbane, Australia.

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This paper draws on a collaborative inquiry that employed the methodological design of Participatory Action Research. It involved two Australian preschool communities exploring how children’s literature could be used as a strategy to support and promote an anti-bias multicultural curriculum. Based on the argument that anti-bias multicultural education is a key factor in developing human capital for an inclusive, productive multicultural society this paper discusses three imperatives that impacted on the collaborative inquiry. The first imperative concerns the fact that anti-bias multicultural education must begin in the early years. The second imperative highlights the importance of investing research energy into early childhood education to assist educators with strategies for implementing an anti-bias multicultural curriculum. The third imperative emphasises the need to underpin such research with collaborative inquiry that is participative and transformative.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2016 05:06
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2016 05:06
Uncontrolled Keywords: anti-bias multicultural education; early childhood education; collaborative research
Fields of Research (2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160809 Sociology of Education
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160803 Race and Ethnic Relations
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130102 Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori)
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3902 Education policy, sociology and philosophy > 390203 Sociology of education
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4410 Sociology > 441013 Sociology of migration, ethnicity and multiculturalism
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390302 Early childhood education
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development

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