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Reflections Magazine : Reflections Issue 59 Winter 2015
GOWRIE AUSTRALIA PUBLICATION • WINTER 2015 • ISSUE 59 GOWRIE AUSTRALIA PUBLICATION • WINTER 2015 • ISSUE 59 GOWRIE AUSTRALIA PUBLICATION • WINTER 2015 • ISSUE 59 9 PROFESSIONAL LEARNING Joanne Cooper Leadership and Learning Consultant Sabina Klepp Professional Learning Team Gowrie Victoria ... a new way forward REFLECTIONS • GOWRIE AUSTRALIA • WINTER 2015 - ISSUE 59 A culture of lively professional enquiry can be fostered within service teams by: • using special interests or skills of educators to drive projects; • using more experienced educators within the service to mentor the less experienced; • engaging in professional reading; • establishing a peer to peer review system; • visiting other services; • attending professional networks. Targeted, effective professional learning has the potential to not only impact overall quality improvement within services but raise the status of the profession through deepening the pedagogy of educators. Ultimately, it is children’s learning that benefits most. The Self-Assessment Tool - Professional Learning Plan (PSCA) can be found in the IPSP Online Library which can be accessed by visiting www.pscalliance.org.au The tool is downloadable in word format and provides live links within the document. References: Barber, H. Cohrssen, C and Church, A. 2014, ‘Meeting the National Quality Standards: A case study of the needs of early childhood educators’, Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, vol. 39, no. 4, pp.1-27 . Curtis, D. et al. 2013, Reflecting in Communities of Practice. Redleaf Press, St. Paul, MN.
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