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Title: Is the care-education dichotomy behind us? Should it be?
Contributor(s): Sims, Margaret  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2014
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Abstract: For over a decade we have talked about the care-education dichotomy as being false and irrelevant given that care is considered to be a part of education, not separate from it. A generation of early childhood professionals have grown up in service where care is seen as part of education. As a nation, Australia is now pursuing professionalisation of early childhood through the education discourse. As with any decision, there are positive and negative consequences. In this article I report on a research project that explores early childhood professionals' perspectives of the care-education dichotomy, and the role it plays in early childhood today. I argue that, in order to understand the unintentional consequences of pursuing an educational pathway towards professionalisation, we need to keep the issues relating to care in the front of our minds.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 39(4), p. 4-11
Publisher: Early Childhood Australia Inc
Place of Publication: Canberra, Australia
ISSN: 1836-9391
Field of Research (FOR): 130102 Early Childhood Education (excl Maori)
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 940105 Childrens/Youth Services and Childcare
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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