In pursuit of quality: early childhood qualifications and training policy

Elwick, Alex ORCID:, Osgood, Jayne ORCID:, Robertson, Leena Helavaara ORCID:, Sakr, Mona ORCID: and Wilson, Dilys (2018) In pursuit of quality: early childhood qualifications and training policy. Journal of Education Policy, 33 (4) . pp. 510-525. ISSN 0268-0939 [Article] (doi:10.1080/02680939.2017.1416426)

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This paper aims to critique policy discourses around the pursuit of quality in early years education. Taking England as a focal point, it problematizes the use of the term ‘quality’ and attempts to standardise its meaning; highlighting the disconnect that exists between policy and practice. The paper combines discourse analysis of a small number of key government documents with a series of interviews with early years stakeholders in order to identify issues that will have resonance and can inform a much needed continuation of debates about what quality might mean. Over the course of the research it became apparent that there was considerable disquiet amongst early years practitioners with regards the current qualifications and training landscape, particularly with regards to what many viewed as ideologically-driven policy-making, not informed by proper dialogue with the sector.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Education
Item ID: 23194
Notes on copyright: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Education Policy on 18/12/2017, available online:
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Depositing User: Alex Elwick
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2017 09:58
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2021 14:13

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