Transitions to school : reframing professional relationships

Boyle, Tess & Petriwskyj, Anne (2014) Transitions to school : reframing professional relationships. Early Years: An International Research Journal, 34(4), pp. 392-404.

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Systemic splits between pre-compulsory and compulsory early years education impact on transitions to school through discontinuities in children’s experience. This paper presents data from a critical participatory action research project about transitions between pre-compulsory and compulsory early education schooling in Australia. The project aim was to investigate how transitions to school might be enhanced by developing deeper professional relationships and shared understandings between teachers from both sectors. Within the communicative space afforded by a professional learning community the participants engaged in critical conversations about their understandings of transitions practices and conditions, including systemic differences. Data analysis provides a snapshot of changes in teachers’ thinking about professional relationships, continuity and factors influencing cross-sectorial professional relationships. Findings suggest that affording opportunities for teachers to re-frame cross sectorial professional relationships has led to transformative changes to transitions practices, understandings and conditions.

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ID Code: 81831
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Published online 02 Sep 2014.
The embargo on the accepted manuscript version will expire on March 2016
Keywords: Transitions to school, Critical participatory action research, Cross-sectorial professional relationships, Professional learning community
DOI: 10.1080/09575146.2014.953042
ISSN: 1472-4421
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood & Inclusive Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: The Version of Record of this manuscript has been published and is available in Early Years: An International Research Journal, 02 September 2014,
Deposited On: 16 Feb 2015 23:38
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2016 21:38

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