Teachers’ Perceptions of Childcare and Preschool Expulsion

Karin A. Martin, Emily Bosk, Denise Bailey

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)87-97
Number of pages11
JournalChildren and Society
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Education
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


  • childcare
  • preschool children
  • qualitative methods


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