PRESCHOOL TEACHERS AND EDUCATION
Kindergarten Teachers’ Assessments of the Opportunities for Development of Their Professional Career in the Context of Attestation Maire Tuul1, Tiia Õun, Kristina Nugin, Kaisa Kungus Tallinn University Abstract In 2009 an external evaluation by the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research was carried out in preschool establishments. This showed that most teachers had not been paying attention to their professional career development, a tendency that could prevent the practical development of preschool education. The main aim of the present study was to assess kindergarten teachers’ opportunities for development of their professional career in the context of attestation. The study was carried out in 2010 and 126 teachers participated. The most important factors that encourage teachers to improve their career are self- motivation and the desire for self-development. Factors that have hindered teachers’ professional career development are lack of time and the complexity of compiling teacher attestation documents. Keywords: kindergarten teacher, professional career development, teacher attestation Introduction The idea of what it means to be a teacher is undergoing development and being reconceptualised. Teachers feel the need to grow in their competencies; they want to transform experiences into thoughts, thoughts into reflections, and reflections into new thoughts and new actions (Edwards et al., 1998). In recent decades more attention has been paid within the field of pedagogical studies to the study of the teacher’s life and career. Research has been done into how teachers imagine their professional careers and how their career influences their lives (Goodson, 1992; Pomson, 2004). Factors shown...
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