Exploring the use of a rating scale to support professional learning in early years pre-school staff: the experience of one local authority in Wales

Waters, Jane and MacDonald, Natalie (2020) Exploring the use of a rating scale to support professional learning in early years pre-school staff: the experience of one local authority in Wales. Early Years (CEYE).

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/09575146.2020.1742666

Abstract

The aim of the study was to explore the use of a rating scale as a tool for driving professional learning for pre-school ECEC staff. A rating scale was used as a measure of children’s learning experiences in pre-school provision, which then guided the content of a professional learning programme. The programme was therefore targeted towards provision for children’s conceptual and higher order thinking as this learning experience was weak in all the participating settings. We establish whether such an approach had value, that is, whether it led to sustainable transformation of professional practice (Sumison et al 2015) and explore the tensions that became apparent. While there appears to have been some transformation of practice, the use of a rating scale as a stimulus created opportunities for performativity that are critically discussed. We also consider tensions that are related to the construction of the child and the implications for professional learning. The potential value of targeted professional learning that takes children’s direct learning experiences as the focus, is, however, emphasised.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: “This is an original manuscript / preprint of an article published by Taylor & Francis in early Years on [date of publication], available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/https://doi.org/10.1080/09575146.2020.1742666
Uncontrolled Keywords: conceptual thinking, professional learning, early years, science, rating scale
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LC Special aspects of education
Divisions: Institutes and Academies > Institute of Education and Humanities
Depositing User: Mrs Natalie MacDonald
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2020 14:24
Last Modified: 01 May 2020 10:37
URI: http://repository.uwtsd.ac.uk/id/eprint/1254

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