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Teachers' perceptions of childcare and preschool expulsion

Previous research outlines the correlates of childcare expulsion in the USA, yet researchers know little about how these correlates produce expulsion. This in-depth qualitative analysis of 30 childcare providers' accounts of expulsion finds a patterned process to expulsion: Teachers search for causes and solutions to challenging behaviours. When interventions fail, overwhelmed teachers shift their focus from 'struggling' children to 'bad families'. Once the explanation of behaviour changes from within to outside of the child, expulsion is imminent. Interventions in teachers' understandings, not only in children's behaviours, are discussed as a possible way to reduce expulsion. (author abstract)
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Reports & Papers
United States

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