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A noisy silence about care: Swedish preschool teachers’ talk about documentation
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Education, Teaching and Learning. Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7420-0801
2015 (English)In: Early years, ISSN 0957-5146, E-ISSN 1472-4421Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This article investigates what happens to institutional narratives of care in Swedish preschool when a policy on increased documentation is introduced. Questions deal with preschool teachers’ professionalism as expressed through the teachers’ talk about documentation. The analysis is based on theories in education policy, teacher professionalism and institutional narratives. The findings show that the few references made by the teachers to narratives of care are subordinated to narratives of learning. A major conclusion is that narratives of care are in a process of becoming a ‘noisy silence’, which influences teachers’ professionalism as well as shaping our common society.

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preschool, documentation, profession, policy, Sweden
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Pedagogical Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-120816DOI: 10.1080/09575146.2015.1062744OAI: diva2:848804
Available from: 2015-08-26 Created: 2015-08-26 Last updated: 2015-09-17

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