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Reflections on Professionalism: Driving Forces that Refine and Shape Professional Practice

Reed, Michael and Walker, Rosie ORCID: (2017) Reflections on Professionalism: Driving Forces that Refine and Shape Professional Practice. JECER, 6 (2). pp. 177-187. ISSN 2323-7414 Online: 2323-7414

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Early education systems in England require those who work alongside children to follow policies intended to promote quality early education and care. Their professional role is embedded into those systems and includes promoting integrated inter-professional working, safeguarding children’s welfare, supporting children to meet national early learning goals and promoting inclusive education. Their professional responsibilities include demonstrating sound pedagogical practice and a detailed developmental assessment of children. They are also asked to forge positive relationships with families and are accountable to parents and regulators. This paper provokes further thinking and exploration of these roles, responsibilities and relationships. It asks whether existing regulatory systems are the driving forces which shape professional practice and determine professionalism or if there is more to being a competent, adaptive, reflective early educator.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: early childhood, professionalism, professional practice, educational quality, systems
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: College of Arts, Humanities and Education > School of Education
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Copyright Info: Open Access journal
Depositing User: Rosie Walker
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2018 10:22
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:21

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