"I'm a Teacher." –Preschool Teachers' Perception of Professional Self

Sylvia Chong, Theresa Lu
2021 International Journal of Education  
Preschool education requires articulate, reflective and highly qualified teachers. However, within the teaching field, it is claimed that preschool teachers have the lowest perception of their own professional status. Determining the preschool teachers' professional standing is problematic and begins with preschool teachers' sense of professionals self. Using a mixed methods research methodology, the study garnered quantitative as well as personal insights into preschool teachers' perception of
more » ... professional self. The findings showed that the preschool teachers have an emerging perception of professionalism. The study also highlighted the importance in providing opportunities as well as space for teamwork within supportive professional communities. To further enhance professional learning, the study findings also highlighted the role of supportive mentors. Teacher education and professional development programs, together with statutory and professional institutions have to take the lead to improve the profession. Importantly, the preschool community must continue to develop leaders in a landscape that is evolving quickly.
doi:10.5296/ije.v12i4.18053 fatcat:lj7zv5skxzevhm4i5bpqvymyby