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The Early Years Network: a Case Study in Continuing Professional Development

McDowall Clark, Rory and Hanson, Karen (2007) The Early Years Network: a Case Study in Continuing Professional Development. In: ETEN 17, April 2007, Porto, Portugal.


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This paper describes the organisation of an Early Childhood Network as a forum to support practitioners’ investigation and documentation of practice to build towards a postgraduate qualification. Empirical data is presented from participants’ reflective journals and interviews and the themes emerging from this explored. The need for initiatives to provide professional development for
all Early Years Practitioners commensurate with that of teachers within mainstream schooling is asserted. Although this discussion focuses on the UK, the authors believe that the issues raised may be usefully considered by Early Childhood practitioners and those engaged in professional development in other cultures and contexts.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
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This paper was presented at the 17th annual conference of the European Teacher Education Network (ETEN). The paper has been published in the Journal of the European Teacher Education Network (JETEN), Vol.3. pp 13-21.

Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: Early Childhood Network, Early Years Practitioners, Early Years, Higher Education, early learners, professional practice, Continuing Professional Development
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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Depositing User: Janet Davidson
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2009 10:29
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2021 09:25

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