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A Whole School Approach to Language Development in the Early Years: Professional Development in Action

Solvason, Carla and Kohlman, H. and Snowden, M. and Morris, C. (2016) A Whole School Approach to Language Development in the Early Years: Professional Development in Action. New Zealand Research in Early Childhood Education, 19. pp. 25-36. ISSN 1174-6122

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Abstract

This article presents findings from a staged evaluation of a three year longitudinal research project, now at the end of its second year, undertaken by the University of Worcester in collaboration with North Town Primary School, situated in Southern England. It uses an action research approach to foreground intervention strategies used to support children entering school with speech and language delay. Data collection took an interpretivist approach, acknowledging the diverse range of variables present in a child’s life, and sought to focus upon the lived experience of practitioners supporting children’s language development within the study school. The following paper reflects upon the impact of the project so far. It indicates a shift in culture at the school, with a greater emphasis and value being placed upon tools to support children’s language enrichment, recognizing the impact that these can have on a child’s confidence and independence. Conversely it also identifies some fundamental issues which remain; the most concerning being that the skills needed to support the development of children’s speech and language remain lacking within initial teacher training. It highlights the necessity for professional development within speech, language and communication to be fully acknowledged at policy level if we are to adequately cater for the needs of our children, especially those who are most vulnerable.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: communication, collaboration, longitudinal study, action research, early years
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1501 Primary Education
L Education > LC Special aspects of education
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Education
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Depositing User: Carla Solvason
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2016 10:43
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2016 10:43
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/4189

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