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The issue of professional autonomy

The issue of professional autonomy

Key Ideas Explored in this Chapter

  • what we mean by professional autonomy
  • why it is important
  • how it is being eroded and how this can be reversed
  • the possible impact of quality continuous professional development on challenging compliance.

Defining Professional Autonomy in ECEC

Autonomy could be defined as freedom, choice or self-regulation for the individual. An accepted definition of professional autonomy would be one where individuals within that profession were encouraged and enabled to apply their own professional judgement to situations and are able to act accordingly. However, in order to be able to do this within a profession, some limits or boundaries as to what is acceptable must be agreed. This could be defined as the ‘specific body of ...

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