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Examining focused conversation for leading professional learning and development in early childhood: highlighting the role of evaluative stance

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Nailon, D and Thomas, D and Emery, S and Stephenson, E and Kinnear, V, Examining focused conversation for leading professional learning and development in early childhood: highlighting the role of evaluative stance, Proceedings of the 2013 Australian Association of Research in Education Conference, 1-5 December 2013, Adelaide, South Australia, pp. 1-16. ISSN 1324-9320 (2013) [Refereed Conference Paper]


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Abstract

Focused conversation is an approach used to lead group inquiry into topics of concern or interest. Four levels of questions guide participants through objective, reflective, interpretive and decisional levels of conversation. Over the past several years focused conversation was adopted in Australia to facilitate National Quality Framework related professional learning and development with early childhood educators. The research reported here used an attitude analysis from Systemic Functional Linguistics to examine the role of evaluative stance in a facilitated focused conversation with a coordination team in a Family Day Care Service. The analysis targeted the reflective and interpretive levels of a focused conversation around the use of television with young children in home based care. These levels are designed to encourage the expression of personal feelings about, and evaluation of an issue. The analysis showed that the coordination team members moved from negative discussions to a more positive systems-oriented approach to solving issues surrounding the topic. Outcomes of the study have the potential to contribute to the use of focused conversation in leading communities of practice in early childhood and other sectors of education.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:family day care, focused conversation, evaluative stance
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Other Education
Research Field:Education not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other Education and Training
Objective Field:Education and Training Theory and Methodology
Author:Nailon, D (Ms Di Nailon)
Author:Thomas, D (Dr Damon Thomas)
Author:Emery, S (Ms Sherridan Emery)
Author:Stephenson, E (Mrs Elspeth Stephenson)
Author:Kinnear, V (Ms Virginia Kinnear)
ID Code:89646
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2014-03-11
Last Modified:2018-04-06
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