The role of professional development in improving quality and supporting child outcomes in early education and care

Siraj, Iram, Kingston, Denise and Neilsen-Hewett, Cathrine (2019) The role of professional development in improving quality and supporting child outcomes in early education and care. Asia-Pacific Journal of Research in Early Childhood Education, 13 (2). pp. 49-68. ISSN 1976-1961

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Abstract

A skilled workforce that understands the needs of children and can deliver high quality curricula to
children with diverse needs, is required in order to realise the wide-ranging benefits that could follow
from public investment in ECEC provision (such as in-service Professional Development (PD)). It is
well established in the literature that high quality ECEC is important for children’s outcomes, and that
variations in quality can be explained, to a large extent, by variations in educator pedagogy and practice.
We argue for a better understanding of how ECEC educators and services can achieve (and be supported
to optimise) children’s development and learning outcomes. This paper argues for more rigorous PD
designs, considered evidence-based content and delivery that are embedded within a rich evidence-base
of practice, and that focus on educator effectiveness, practice change, and also on the benefits to
children’s learning and development. The paper draws upon effective PD literature and describes
lessons learnt, focussing on the ‘who’, ‘what’ and ‘how’ of evaluation of effective in-service PD design
and delivery.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Education
Subjects: L Education
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Depositing User: Deeptima Massey
Date Deposited: 08 May 2019 10:44
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2019 15:30
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/83598

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