Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository

Degree

Master of Education

Program

Education

Supervisor(s)

Dr. Roz Stooke

Abstract

School-based kindergarten is a place where Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) and schooling practices meet and overlap. This initiative has resulted in many changes including a legislated partnership between Early Childhood Educators and kindergarten teachers under the umbrella of the Ontario Ministry of education. In classrooms, these two diversely positioned partners shared professional space within the context of the newly minted program.The purpose of my narrative case study was to learn about participants’ experiences of a legislated partnership with a kindergarten teacher. Three early childhood educators employed by three different district school boards, I posed semi-structured interview questions and conducted a thematic analysis of their stories of practice (Creswell, 2009). Employing Positioning Theory (Harre & van Langenhove, 1999), I came to a deeper understanding of how ECEs position themselves discursively within an organization of change.


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