Head, heart and hands: constructing a holistic approach to professional identity and professional development in the early childhood workforce

Joy Chalke

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Abstract

The field of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) has been engaged in discussions about professionalism of the workforce for a considerable period. This paper proposes a holistic model of professional identity construction that considers three elements; the head (utilising reflections on knowledge, reason and thinking), the heart (exploring passion, feelings and values and beliefs) and the hands (which represents professionalism as worked out in practice in the workplace). It suggests how these aspects can be constructed into a model of professionalism that remains fluid and flexible, and is able to respond to changing demands. There is evidence to suggest that the model can be utilised as a professional development (PD) tool for use with students and practitioners in the field.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 19 Nov 2016
EventPrincipled Early Years Practice: Valuing our past, debating our present, inspiring our future - Park Crescent Conference Centre , London, United Kingdom
Duration: 19 Nov 201619 Nov 2016
http://tactyc.org.uk/conferences/

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ConferencePrincipled Early Years Practice: Valuing our past, debating our present, inspiring our future
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityLondon
Period19/11/1619/11/16
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