The Uncertain Expert: A Case Study from Germany

  • Mathias Urban
Part of the International perspectives on early childhood education and development book series (CHILD, volume 6)


Following a brief socio-economic, conceptual and historical contextualisation of early childhood institutions in Germany, this chapter explores perspectives on professionalism arising from the work context of one practitioner in a kindergarten in the State of Saxony-Anhalt in former East Germany. It is argued that the practitioner’s conceptualisation of early childhood professionalism is constructed around her image of the child, leading to specific (i.e., open and relational) practices with children. Having to work in a system that values certainty and technical expertise, she finds herself in a fundamental professional dilemma.


Early Childhood Early Childhood Education Early Childhood Setting Early Childhood Service Special Educational Need 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Cass School of Education and Communities, University of East LondonLondonUK

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