Cultural Change in Early Childhood Education and Practice

Project Overview

The aim of this research project is to develop, implement and evaluate a model for the early childhood sector that uses mentoring to support a collaborative culture of reflective practice as a means to continuing quality improvement in educational programs and practice.

The program involves the up-skilling of service leaders in mentoring skills, and supports these leaders through individual and whole staff professional learning, to build a collaborative culture of reflective practice leading to continuing quality improvement in educational programs and practice. Educators are supported by the mentor to research their own practice through a whole of service Action Research project. This research project drives the change of practice as the Early Childhood professionals work towards a common goal and develop respectful and responsive work practices.

To build a climate that enables professional collaborative discussions to take place, and collegial relationships to develop, professional learning sessions attended by all staff are offered during the program.

These include sessions on:

  • Action Research – an overview to the project and an introduction to Action Research as a systematic approach to researching one’s practice.
  • Critical thinking and reflective practice - acquisition of knowledge and skills to develop a collaborative culture of reflective practice that is respectful and reciprocal.
  • Emotional resilience – promotion of a ‘safe’ environment for Early Childhood professionals to confidently discuss issues and ideas.

The effectiveness of the model along with the enablers and challenges will be documented.

Our team

Project funding

This project is funded by a grant from the Association of Graduates of Early Childhood Studies to the value of $11,417.

Project timeline

2018

Contact us

Prof. Andrea Nolan
Deakin University