Professional development in a competent system : an emergent culture of professionalization

PIRARD Florence, CAMUS Pascale, BARBIER Jean-Marie. In Fleer M., van Oers B. (dir.), International handbook of early childhood education. Dordrecht : Springer, 2018, pp. 409-426

Workforce quality and professionalization in the field of early childhood education are widely considered to be a powerful lever in improving the quality of childcare services. This emphasis demonstrates the necessity of increasing the level of practitioner qualification across the sector and to revise both professional profiles and training curriculum in response to the complex demands of professional activity. Nowadays workspace is recognized as a potential learning space where individual, institutional, inter-institutional and political actions interact. This approach to professionalization is grounded in a theoretical and systemic view that recognizes different levels of responsibility in the development of professional and quality services. This paper presents different educational cultures observed today in the variety of training and professional actions in the Western World. It shows that changes in early childhood education could be understood as a signifier of the emergence of a new culture of professionalization where actions, actors, and environment undergo change simultaneously.

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Jean-Marie BARBIER est membre du CRF et responsable de la Chaire Unesco Formation et pratiques professionnelles du Cnam

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Rédaction (2017, 24 novembre). Professional development in a competent system : an emergent culture of professionalization. Travail et formation. Consulté le 23 juin 2024, à l’adresse