Evaluating a strategic approach to professional development through guided reflection

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Nolan, Andrea, Raban, Bridie and Waniganayake, M (2005) Evaluating a strategic approach to professional development through guided reflection. Reflective Practice, 6 (2). pp. 221-229. ISSN 1462-3943


Research on quality in early childhood has consistently shown that staff are the cornerstone of excellence, and that staff training makes a difference to services provided to children and families. There is also a growing awareness of the importance of adopting a planned approach to career development and that this begins with self-assessment, and can be enhanced through the use of guided reflection with a mentor. The Early Childhood Consortium Victoria (ECCV) at The University of Melbourne, has developed a self-assessment manual (SAM) designed as a tool for early childhood practitioners to explore their work in a strategic way. It serves the dual purposes of assisting practitioners to address issues of service quality, as well as promoting individual professional development through reflective practice. SAM has now been piloted in a number of early childhood settings in Australia and this paper presents a formative evaluation of this work and discusses its potential for professional development planning.

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/2825
DOI 10.1080/14623940500106070
Official URL http://tandfprod.literatumonline.com/doi/pdf/10.10...
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Education
Historical > FOR Classification > 1399 Other Education
Historical > SEO Classification > 9399 Other Education and Training
Keywords ResPubID16818; early childhood professional development, self-assessment manual
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