This paper describes the current tension between the perspectives of child care as occupation and child care as profession. The contrasting vocabularies employed and the place of child care in the organizational context are interrelated. The paper suggests that these perspectives reflect the unresolved ambiguities in the concrete status of child care workers in the human service enterprise.
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This paper was partially supported by the Conference-Research Sequence in Child Care Education, Grant #5 T24 MH 15869-02, awarded by the National Institute of Mental Health. The opinions are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth.
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Toigo, R. Child care—Occupation or profession: Searching for clarity. Child Youth Care Forum 10, 242–249 (1981). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01113412
- Social Psychology
- Child Care
- Human Service
- Organizational Context
- Concrete Status