From setting to strategy: a study into perspectives on higher education of experienced early years practitioners, a 'paradigm shift' on two levels

Kurowski, A. A. and Mikuska, E. (2023) From setting to strategy: a study into perspectives on higher education of experienced early years practitioners, a 'paradigm shift' on two levels. In: Papers of studies. [2022] 16th International Scientific Conference . University of Novi Sad, Serbia, pp. 93-103. ISBN 9788681960196

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Abstract

Research was carried out on the Isle of Wight, in the United Kingdom, to determine the impact of Higher Education (HE) in childhood studies as studied at a Further Education (FE) college. The original aims were to find out what a childhood studies graduate ‘looks like’ and what degrees in the sector offer employers. It also set out to evaluate the impact of the Graduate Practitioner Competences (GPCs) offered by HE providers. Research took the form of focus groups with childhood studies undergraduates and on analysis. The participants focus was on professional progression and personal development beyond the early years setting. Findings pointed to an appreciation of the skills and abilities of childhood graduates by managers but, once embarked on HE programmes, Early Childhood Education Care (ECEC) practitioners tend to look to develop their careers beyond the setting they are employed. The participants used their degrees to move away from the role of ECEC practitioner into more ‘professional’ positions such as teaching and social work. It was not possible to evaluate the impact of GPCs in the way intended, because the participants had little knowledge of this new government initiative. This constitutes a paradigm shift in two ways: first, students begin to see the opportunities available to them and look for career development, and second, the research on this group took a different direction to that first anticipated. It began to focus not on the impact of HE on practitioners in the ECEC workforce, but on the perceived benefits to practitioners in terms of career progression and self-satisfaction. It is recommended that for further research on GPCs be carried out on practitioners at earlier stages in their careers.

Publication Type: Book Sections
Uncontrolled Keywords: Isle of Wight, Graduate Practitioner Competences, Paradigm Shift.
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1139 Early childhood education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1705 Education and training of teachers and administrators
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Academic Areas > Institute of Education, Social and Life Sciences > Childhood
Depositing User: Andre Kurowski
Date Deposited: 24 May 2023 10:42
Last Modified: 24 May 2023 10:42
URI: https://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/6732

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