Life in the Village: Teacher Community and Autonomy in an Early Childhood Education Center
Early childhood teacher education, Teacher community, Professional development
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
This article presents findings from a qualitative case study of a public early childhood education center whose motto, the familiar African proverb “It takes a village to raise a child,” reflects the emphasis given to teacher community in the official school discourse. The meanings teachers gave to professional community were investigated. Interviews and observations were conducted at the school over a period of 12 months. Data analysis revealed an inherent tension between community ethos and personal autonomy. These findings suggest that professional teaching community is complex and contradictory, and that explicitly addressing the tension between community and autonomy would enhance teacher education and professional development.
Citation / Publisher Attribution
Early Childhood Education Journal, v. 36, issue 4, p. 373-380
Scholar Commons Citation
Blank, Jolyn, "Life in the Village: Teacher Community and Autonomy in an Early Childhood Education Center" (2009). Teaching and Learning Faculty Publications. 92.