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Multiple Perspectives on the Value of a Shared Professional Development Experience

Cassidy, Monica (2008) Multiple Perspectives on the Value of a Shared Professional Development Experience. In: European Early Childhood Education Research Conference, 3-6 September 2008, Norway.

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Abstract

This paper reports on some of the outcomes of collaboration between a small group of practitioners from the Dublin Port area and researchers/facilitators from the Pen Green Research Base and the National College of Ireland. The authors highlight the positive characteristics of community education and the sense of power and pleasure that can be generated when women engage in adult learning. New learning was often transferred not only into professional work but also into personal relationships with families and communities.

Drawing on the Freirian concept of ‘transformation’ and Mezirow’s concept of ‘perspective transformation’ we tried to capture some of the complexity experienced by the participants, through video feedback (Freire, 1970; Mezirow, 1981). By using a multiple perspectives approach we have offered a voice and a common framework for dialogue to participants to share their practice with others (Raban et al, 2003). This collaborative approach to education where learning comes from shared experiences excited workers engaged parents and gave a voice to all. A number of evaluative techniques to explore this process were developed in collaboration with group members, ELI and Pen Green facilitators, one of which will be discussed in this paper.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects / Types of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
Divisions: Early Learning Initiative Publications
Depositing User: CAOIMHE NI MHAICIN
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2014 08:50
Last Modified: 14 Apr 2014 08:50
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/1144

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