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Extended writing demands: a tool för 'academic drift' and the professionalisation of early childhood profession?
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of Creative Studies (Teacher Education). (Kampen om texten)
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of applied educational science. (Kampen om texten)
2017 (English)In: Education Inquiry, ISSN 2000-4508, E-ISSN 2000-4508, Vol. 8, no 4, p. 337-357Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This study explores the extended demands for writing in the Swedish public service sector of early childhood and how academic writing in the higher education programmes aimed at professional work in that sector is perceived to be of value for early childhood practice among practitioners. Empirical data was collected in individual interviews and focus groups among 69 early childhood staff in two different communities. The study points to an overall focus on assessments and evaluation in professional writing which tends to challenge everyday communication, i.e. everyday discourse for an internal audience (staff, parents and children). The study further indicates that professional writing holds implications for social relations and contributes to strengthened hierarchies among early childhood staff; younger generations more trained in academic writing tend to be ‘ranked’ higher than staff more experienced in practice. Whether the twin demands for ‘professional’ and ‘academic’ writing will contribute to a ‘professional’ early childhood staff community, as suggested in policy and teacher union rhetoric, remains an open question. 

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Taylor & Francis Group, 2017. Vol. 8, no 4, p. 337-357
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Academic writing, academisation, early childhood education and care, professional writing
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Pedagogical Work
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educational work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-140414DOI: 10.1080/20004508.2017.1380488OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-140414DiVA, id: diva2:1148329
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