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Reflections Magazine : Reflections Issue 58 Autumn 2015
THEORY INTO PRACTICE professional learning sessions In recent years the Education and Care Sector has been recognised as a significant influence on the lives of young children, with evidence based research identifying the early years as a critical period of a child's development. This has resulted in many opportunities, as well as challenges, to ensure education and care programs are of the highest quality and educators who plan, implement and evaluate the curriculum are highly trained professionals. Ongoing professional learning provides the opportunity for educators to examine and re-examine the 'what', 'how' and 'why' of what they do to support continuous improvement in the provision of high quality education and care programs. Malaguzzi described much of the process of articulating and examining current practice as "standing on the shoulders of giants", acknowledging that much of what we do and learn as practitioners borrows from, and builds on the legacies left to us from inspirational leaders, thinkers and theorists. Early childhood practice has continued to develop with new theoretical influences that include socio-cultural theory, attachment theory, and constructivism - to name just a few. There is widespread acknowledgement that effective, high quality and ongoing professional learning assists educators to address challenges and make explicit the links between theory, learning and practice. As Gowrie Australia moves into its 75th year, we have taken time to look back on the legacy of reflective, considered pedagogy and practice that has been created over many years, and this year, Gowrie Australia is launching Theory into Practice, a professional learning partnership between the Lady Gowrie Centres located in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria. The purpose of the Theory into Practice sessions is to inform, influence and inspire the sector, encourage inquiry, present personal and professional challenges and, importantly, introduce and examine the theoretical concepts embedded in the Early Years Learning Framework and everyday practice. For further information on this program please contact the Gowrie Professional Learning team in your state. 18
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