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Professional conversations : a new approach to professional learning in ECEC

Irvine, Susan Lee & Price, Julie (2011) Professional conversations : a new approach to professional learning in ECEC. In Prachalias, Chrysovaladis (Ed.) 7th ICE Conference: Conference Proceedings, INEAG, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, Samos, Greece, pp. 152-159.

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    Abstract

    In 2009, Australia celebrated the introduction of a national Early Years Learning Framework. This is a critical component in a series of education reforms designed to support quality pedagogy and practice in early childhood education and care (ECEC) and successful transition to school. As with any policy change, success in real terms relies upon building shared understanding and the capacity of educators to apply new knowledge and support change and improved practice within their service. With these outcomes in mind, a collaborative research project is investigating the efficacy of a new approach to professional learning in ECEC: the professional conversation. This paper reports on the trial and evaluation of a series of professional conversations on the Early Years Learning Framework, and their capacity to promote collaborative reflective practice, shared understanding, and improved practice in ECEC. The paper details the professional conversation approach, key challenges and critical success factors, and the learning outcomes for conversation participants. Findings support the efficacy of this approach to professional learning in ECEC, and its capacity to support policy reform and practice change in ECEC.

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    ID Code: 47818
    Item Type: Conference Paper
    Keywords: professional conversation, early childhood, professional learning, policy
    ISBN: 9789604660797
    ISSN: 1792-3859
    Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > OTHER EDUCATION (139900)
    Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
    Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
    Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood
    Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 INEAG
    Deposited On: 20 Dec 2011 08:34
    Last Modified: 29 Dec 2011 15:51

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