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ERIC Number: EJ1084805
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0957-5146
Taking an Evaluative Stance to Decision-Making about Professional Development Options in Early Childhood Education and Care
Brownlee, Joanne Lunn; Sumsion, Jennifer; Irvine, Susan; Berthelsen, Donna; Farrell, Ann; Walsh, Kerryann; Ryan, Sharon; Mulhearn, Gerry
Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, v35 n4 p411-426 2015
This article builds on our ongoing work in conceptualising an "evaluative stance" framework to assist in understanding how leaders in the field of early childhood education and care (ECEC) make decisions about the selection of professional development options for themselves and their staff. It introduces the notion that evaluative mindsets can be considered in terms of attitudes towards decision-making that are based on personal epistemologies. Drawing on data from semi-structured interviews, it explores the mindsets of six experienced leaders in two long-established ECEC organisations in Australia with respect to their decision-making about professional development. The article concludes with a consideration of the potential utility of the framework and the coding template used in this exploratory study.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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