Work Discussion in English nurseries: reflecting on their contribution so far and issues in developing their aims and processes; and the assessment of their impact in a climate of austerity and intense audit

Dearnley, Katy and Elfer, Peter and Wilson, Dilys (2018) Work Discussion in English nurseries: reflecting on their contribution so far and issues in developing their aims and processes; and the assessment of their impact in a climate of austerity and intense audit. Infant Observation: International Journal of Infant Observation and Its Applications, 21 (2). pp. 189-203. ISSN 1369-8036 (Print), 1745-8943 (Online)

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Abstract

In this paper, we argue for the past and continuing relevance of Work Discussion, as a model of professional reflection for nursery practitioners, which is attentive to emotional experience in work relationships. The development of Work Discussion in English nurseries is described with illustrations, from a psychoanalytic perspective, of aspects of the processes of discussion and their underlying dynamics; and we also explore the introduction of Work Discussion to the training regimen of early years’ teachers. Finally, the paper summarises the key findings arising from an evaluation of Work Discussion sessions, with nursery practitioners working with vulnerable two-year -olds, held at weekly intervals for a year, and facilitated jointly by early years’ care and education specialists together with child psychotherapists.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Work Discussion, Morale, Early Years, Professional Reflection, Nursery Practitioners
Subjects: Children, Young People and Developmental Pyschology > Babies
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services
URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/1985

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