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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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
Refereed: Yes
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 & Inclusive Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 INEAG
Deposited On: 19 Dec 2011 22:34
Last Modified: 29 Dec 2011 05:51

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