The Reflective Early Years Practitioner

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Elaine Hallet

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    Education at SAGE

    SAGE is a leading international publisher of journals, books, and electronic media for academic, educational, and professional markets.

    Our education publishing includes:

    • accessible and comprehensive texts for aspiring education professionals and practitioners looking to further their careers through continuing professional development
    • inspirational advice and guidance for the classroom
    • authoritative state of the art reference from the leading authors in the field

    Find out more at: http://www.sagepub.co.uk/education

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    Dedication

    I dedicate this book to all early years practitioners who work with young children and their families.

    List of Figures

    • 1.1 A Partnership Sandwich: practitioners working in partnership 21
    • 2.1 The REFLECT Framework 28
    • 2.2 Reflective Learning: a reflective cycle for improvement and change 33
    • 3.1 Model of Work-based Reflective Learning 46
    • 5.1 Wrap-around Learning: a flexible model for learning 77
    • 6.1 A Framework for Critical Analysis 87
    • 6.2 The Reflective Learning Environment 90
    • 7.1 The Seven Dimensions of Professionalism 110
    • 9.1 Pen Portrait: a transformed woman practitioner 127
    • 9.2 Mel's Reflective Learning Journey 129
    • 9.3 Lisa's Reflective Learning Journey 131
    • 10.1 My Learning Pathway: literacy area 140
    • 10.2 My Learning Pathway: musical interaction 143
    • 10.3 Imogen: ‘They can't see in.’ 147
    • 10.4 Frank's ‘Imagination door.’ 148
    • 10.5 The herb garden 149
    • 10.6 Theo is disappointed his photograph doesn't smell of rosemary 149

    About the Author

    Dr Elaine Hallet is Lecturer in Early Childhood Education at the Institute of Education: University of London, England. She teaches on undergraduate and postgraduate courses and supervises research students. She has wide experience of working with practitioners, children and families as a teacher, advisory teacher and deputy head teacher; in further and higher education as a lecturer, departmental leader and researcher. Her research interests include children's early literacy learning, curriculum and leadership in the early years. Elaine's doctorate focused on early years practitioners’ continuous professional learning in higher education. She contributes regularly to professional and academic publications, and presents at national and international conferences.

    Acknowledgements

    I would like to thank and acknowledge the contribution of many who have provided reflective insights and encouragement in the development and writing of this book. Thanks to Jude Bowen and Miriam Davey at SAGE for enabling my authorship and guidance in completing the book; the peer-reviewers for their time and valuable feedback; my friends and family for their support and patience; and my parents for belief in education. Also, thanks to the colleagues I have worked with over the years, the times we have reflected and learnt together, and the practitioners and students I have learnt from in the various colleges and universities in which I have taught; the students who gave me feedback on reflective activities used in class; and the practitioners who gave permission to use examples of their practice as case studies.

    Finally, a special thank you, to all the women graduates in the research study who went on this learning journey of reflective discovery and understanding with me, their time and reflections made them true travelling companions.

    Glossary of Terms

    • ADCE Advanced Diploma in Childcare and Education
    • APcL Accredited Prior credit Learning
    • APEL Accredited Prior Experimental Learning
    • BA Bachelor of Arts undergraduate degree
    • BA(Hons) Bachelor of Arts undergraduate degree with honours
    • CCSK Common Core of Skills and Knowledge
    • CPD Continuing Professional Development
    • CWDC Children's Workforce Development Council
    • DCSF Department for Children Schools and Families
    • DES Department for Education and Science
    • DfE Department for Education
    • DfEE Department for Education and Employment
    • DfES Department for Education and Skills
    • EAZ Education Action Zone
    • ECEC Early Childhood Education and Care
    • EPPE The Effective Provision of Pre-school Education Project
    • ELEYS The Effective Leadership in the Early Years Sector Study
    • EYFS Early Years Foundation Stage
    • EYP Early Years Professional
    • EYPS Early Years Professional Status
    • EYSEFD Early Years Sector-Endorsed Foundation Degree
    • FD Foundation Degree
    • FDF Foundation Degree Forward
    • FE Further education
    • GTTP Graduate Teacher Training Programme
    • HE Higher education
    • HLTA Higher Level Teaching Assistant
    • IEP Individual Education Plan
    • MA Master's degree
    • NPQICL National Professional Qualification for Integrated Centre Leadership
    • NVQ National Vocational Qualification
    • Ofsted Office for Standards in Education
    • PVI Private, voluntary and independent sector
    • QAA Quality Assurance Agency
    • QCF Qualifications and Credit Framework
    • QTS Qualified Teacher Status
    • SCIT School Centred Initial Training
    • SEN Special educational needs
    • SENCO Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator
    • SEYFD Sector-Endorsed Early Years Foundation Degree
    • SPS Senior Practitioner Status
    • TA Teaching Assistant
    • TDA Teaching Development Agency
    • UNCRN United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
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