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Enabling educators: Skills 4 Kids Cafes as professional learning


Beasy, K and Emery, S and Nailon, DL and Boyd, D, Enabling educators: Skills 4 Kids Cafes as professional learning, Every Child, 26, (4) pp. 20-21. ISSN 1322-0659 (2020) [Professional, Refereed Article]

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Upskilling the early childhood education and care (ECEC) workforce has long been recognised as a priority in Australia (Nailon, 2013). Here we share an innovative approach to professional learning (PL), where educators work alongside long-time early childhood education and other allied professionals to facilitate Skills 4 Kids Cafes. The cafes are designed to offer a contextualised approach to PL through situated learning where educators experiment with changing practices in a knowledge-rich environment.

We found that the skills cafes enabled educators to engage in ways that built on their existing knowledge about what works with young children (Nailon, 2013), and make active choices in how they engaged in the skills­based activities offered during the sessions through 'legitimate peripheral participation'.

Item Details

Item Type:Professional, Refereed Article
Keywords:sustainability, environment, community, early childhood education
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Environmental education curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Early childhood education
UTAS Author:Beasy, K (Dr Kim Beasy)
UTAS Author:Emery, S (Dr Sherridan Emery)
UTAS Author:Nailon, DL (Ms Di Nailon)
ID Code:142696
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2021-02-05
Last Modified:2021-02-15

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