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Førskolelærere om barns oppholdstid i barnehagen

Author(s): Birgitte Johansen

Journal: Nordisk Barnehageforskning
ISSN 1890-9167

Volume: 2;
Issue: 3;
Date: 2010;
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Abstract: Norway is facing full day care coverage and most children have full time places. The local authoritiesresponsible for the day care sector are framed by New Public Management principles of governing urging formore efficient and user oriented day care services. Full time day care is vital for adult worker families. Yet, historicallythere is evidence for scepticism towards full time day care in Norway, also among preschool teachers. Thereis little knowledge about present perceptions amongst preschool teachers of the best time for children to spend inday care. This is relevant to explore given the importance of expertise and knowledge in the government of parentsand parental choices. The article analyses textual data from a survey and interview data and explores Norwegianpreschool teachers’ understanding of the best period of time for children to spend in day care. The analyseis framed by day care organisation discourses and Norwegian discourses of family, childhood and parenting. Itdiscusses the apparent ambivalence on the issue among the preschool teachers linked to their position as professionalsin relation to parents.Keywords: Preschool teachers, children’s time in day care, new public management, working parents
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