Evaluative decision-making for high-quality professional development: Cultivating an evaluative stance

Sumsion, Jennifer, Lunn Brownlee, Joanne M., Ryan, Sharon, Walsh, Kerryann M., Farrell, Ann, Irvine, Susan, Mulhearn, Gerry, & Berthelsen, Donna C. (2015) Evaluative decision-making for high-quality professional development: Cultivating an evaluative stance. Professional Development in Education, 41(2), pp. 419-432.

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Unprecedented policy attention to early childhood education internationally has highlighted the crucial need for a skilled early years workforce. Consequently, professional development of early years educators has become a global policy imperative. At the same time, many maintain that professional development research has reached an impasse. In this paper, we offer a new approach to addressing this impasse. In contrast to calls for a redesign of comparative studies of professional development programs, or for the refinement of researcher-constructed professional development evaluation frameworks, we argue the need to cultivate what we refer to as an ‘evaluative stance’ amongst all involved in making decisions about professional development in the early years – from senior bureaucrats with responsibilities for funding professional development programs to individual educators with choices about which professional development opportunities to take up. Drawing on three bodies of literature -- evaluation capacity building, personal epistemology, and co-production -- that, for the most part, have been overlooked with respect to early years professional learning this paper proposes a conceptual framework to explain why cultivating an evaluative stance in professional development decision-making has rich possibilities for systemic, sustainable, and transformative change in early years education.

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ID Code: 82641
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Published online 12 Mar 2015. The embargo on the accepted manuscript version will expire on 12 Sep 2016
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Keywords: early years;, early childhood education, evaluation capacity-building, personal epistemology, co-production, professional learning
DOI: 10.1080/19415257.2014.989257
ISSN: 1941-5257 (online)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood & Inclusive Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright © 2015 International Professional Development Association (IPDA)
Deposited On: 22 Mar 2015 23:57
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2016 15:32

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