The role of professional development in improving quality and supporting child outcomes in early education and care

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Author: Siraj, Iram; Kingston, Denise; Neilsen-Hewett, Cathrine


A skilled workforce that understands the needs of children and can deliver high quality curricula to children with diverse needs, is required in order to realise the wide-ranging benefits that could follow from public investment in [early childhood education and care] ECEC provision (such as in-service Professional Development (PD)). It is well established in the literature that high quality ECEC is important for children's outcomes, and that variations in quality can be explained, to a large extent, by variations in educator pedagogy and practice. We argue for a better understanding of...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Workforce development; Industry; Providers of education and training; Skills and knowledge; Quality; Outcomes

Keywords: Professional development; Teachers; Teaching method; Pedagogics

Published: [Place of publication not identified]: Pacific Early Childhood Education Research Association, 2019

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Journal volume: 13

Journal number: 2

Journal date: May 2019

Pages: pp. 49-68

ISSN: 1976-1961 (print), 2233-5234 (online)

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Call number: TD/TNC 140.54

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