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Title: Understanding the complexity of preschool teaching in Hong Kong : the way forward to professionalism
Authors: Ho, CWD
Issue Date: 2006
Source: International journal of educational development, 2006, v. 26, no. 3, p. 305-314
Abstract: In Hong Kong, preschool education has been viewed either as preparation for primary education or as custodial care to suit working mothers. These ambiguous images of preschool teachers and teaching are definitely a roadblock to professionalization. This paper critically analyzes the professionalization of preschool education in the local context. Arguing that quality of practice is the cornerstone for improving the status of preschools and their teachers, it examines the complexity of professional knowledge and practice from two aspects: building knowledge and using knowledge. The former concerns child development theory as the knowledge base for practice and the latter addresses the factors affecting transformation of knowledge to pedagogy in the classroom context. Finally, it suggests that action research may provide a better grounding for professionalization.
Keywords: Leadership
Practice
Preschool
Professionalism
Professionalization
Teacher knowledge
Publisher: Pergamon-Elsevier Science Ltd
Journal: International Journal of Educational Development 
ISSN: 0738-0593
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijedudev.2005.08.005
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