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Supporting multidisciplinary networks through relationality and a critical sense of belonging: three 'gardening tools' and the Relational Agency Framework

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Duhn, I and Fleer, M and Harrison, L, Supporting multidisciplinary networks through relationality and a critical sense of belonging: three 'gardening tools' and the Relational Agency Framework, International Journal of Early Years Education, 24, (3) pp. 378-391. ISSN 0966-9760 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

DOI: doi:10.1080/09669760.2016.1196578

Abstract

This article focuses on the Relational Agency Framework (RAF), an analytical tool developed for an Australian review and evaluation study of an early years' policy initiative. We explore Anne Edward's concepts of relational expertise, building common knowledge and relational agency to explore how Edwards' concepts, which she refers to as 'gardening tools', and the RAF work together to support early years multidisciplinary networks. We argue that early childhood professionals who come together in a multidisciplinary network develop their collective capabilities through relationality and a focus on belonging. The RAF embeds Edwards' relational concepts and enables the exploration and articulation of how network participants' individual, discipline-specific knowledge and expertise augments to support collectively transformative practice within their network, their place and wider community. We conclude that a sense of belonging is foundational to the emergence of such relational agency in networks. Tools such as the 'gardening tools' and the RAF offer possibilities for addressing the challenges of how to support collaboration between government, early years professionals and communities to work holistically in the best interest of all children and their families.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:multidisciplinary networks, professional learning, sense of belonging, Relational Agency Framework, policy review and evaluation
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Early childhood education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Early childhood education
UTAS Author:Duhn, I (Professor Iris Duhn)
ID Code:153304
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2022-09-14
Last Modified:2022-10-12
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