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ERIC Number: EJ815547
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-0957-5146
Nurseries and Emotional Well-Being: Evaluating an Emotionally Containing Model of Professional Development
Elfer, Peter; Dearnley, Katy
Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, v27 n3 p267-279 Oct 2007
Despite official endorsement of attachment principles in nursery work, these are often not translated into nursery practice. One possible reason for this is that staff training does not sufficiently address the personal implications and anxieties that children's attachments may entail for practitioners. Working from a psychoanalytic perspective on organizational functioning and group learning, this paper describes action research with a group of nursery heads who participated in a professional development program designed specifically to explore emotional experience in professional work. The positive evaluations of the program by heads and their staff are described including examples of experiential learning and of increased staff awareness about, and responsiveness to, the emotional experience of children. However, the research also concluded that sustained effectiveness of the model is likely to be dependent on an ongoing culture of attention to the emotional experience of nursery staff within nursery umbrella organizations.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A