Collaborative professional learning

contributing to the growth of leadership, professional identity and professionalism

Kaye Colmer*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

This article contributes to understanding of professionalism in early childhood education and argues that in working to implement a mandated curriculum framework, professional identity and professionalism can be enhanced. While primarily focused on examining the nature of leadership practice during professional development and learning to implement the Australian Early Years Learning Framework, this research offers insights into educators' subjectivities. A particular focus was to examine the influence of different social domains to understand how agency and structure were implicated in the enactment of leadership. Analysis of data from two case studies in early childhood centres suggested that professional identity was socially constructed with collaborative professional dialogue contributing to educators' sense of agency.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)436-449
Number of pages14
JournalEuropean Early Childhood Education Research Journal
Volume25
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 May 2017

Keywords

  • professional learning
  • leadership practice
  • professional identity
  • professionalism

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