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"I am not a babysitter": a case study of five Chinese mainland early childhood teachers' identity
Limin Zhang1; Shulin Yu2
2017-02
Source PublicationJOURNAL OF EDUCATION FOR TEACHING
ISSN0260-7476
Volume43Issue:1Pages:117-119
Abstract

Although studies on teacher identity have proliferated in recent years, and examinations of the said topic have been conducted under various educational contexts, limited focus has been given to teacher identity in the early childhood educational context. Drawing upon data from semi-structured interviews with five early childhood teachers, this case study aims to investigate how early childhood teachers make sense of their work and the type of professional identities constructed by early childhood teachers in mainland China. The five early childhood teachers reported strong disagreements with the babysitter metaphor for their teacher identities, and they had various role identities including parents', teachers', friends', dancers', artists', and engineers'. The findings also show that they recognized the significance and value of their job as early childhood teachers. This paper concludes with implications for early childhood teacher education.

KeywordEarly Childhood Education Teacher Identity Kindergarten Teachers
DOI10.1080/02607476.2016.1182374
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Indexed BySSCI ; SSCI
Language英語English
WOS Research AreaEducation & Educational Research
WOS SubjectEducation & Educational Research
WOS IDWOS:000393788900010
PublisherROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionFaculty of Education
Corresponding AuthorShulin Yu
Affiliation1.Beijing Normal University (Zhuhai), Zhuhai, Guangdong, China
2.Faculty of Education, University of Macau, Macau SAR, China
Corresponding Author AffilicationFaculty of Education
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Limin Zhang,Shulin Yu. "I am not a babysitter": a case study of five Chinese mainland early childhood teachers' identity[J]. JOURNAL OF EDUCATION FOR TEACHING,2017,43(1):117-119.
APA Limin Zhang,&Shulin Yu.(2017)."I am not a babysitter": a case study of five Chinese mainland early childhood teachers' identity.JOURNAL OF EDUCATION FOR TEACHING,43(1),117-119.
MLA Limin Zhang,et al.""I am not a babysitter": a case study of five Chinese mainland early childhood teachers' identity".JOURNAL OF EDUCATION FOR TEACHING 43.1(2017):117-119.
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