Workforce diversity and quality improvement policies in early childhood education in East Asia

Joce NUTTALL, Susan GRIESHABER, Sirene LIM, Eunju YUN, Jooeun OH, Hyojin AHN, Chee Wah SUM, Weipeng YANG, Soojung KIM

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Abstract

This paper explores the relationship between workforce competence, migration, and quality improvement in the Asia-Pacific through analysis of Early Childhood Education (ECE) policy texts from three East Asia Summit countries. Content (word level) analysis of salient policy texts was undertaken to address two questions: How are culture and diversity conceptualized in these texts? How are diverse educators positioned in these texts? We show that, despite differing historical trajectories of ECE, policy frameworks in all three countries fail to sufficiently acknowledge the potential contribution of migrant educators to quality improvement initiatives. We conclude by calling for greater attention to workforce mobility and diversity in ECE policies, and for further research into the untapped competence of migrant educators. Copyright © 2012 TACTYC.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEarly Years
Early online date13 Apr 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 13 Apr 2021

Citation

Nuttall, J., Grieshaber, S., Lim, S., Yun, E., Oh, J., Ahn, H., . . . Kim, S. (2021). Workforce diversity and quality improvement policies in early childhood education in East Asia. Early Years. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/09575146.2021.1888076

Keywords

  • Workforce
  • Culture
  • Diversity
  • Early childhood
  • Quality improvement
  • South Korea
  • Australia
  • Singapore

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