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

Elfer, Peter, Dearnley, Katy 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, 21 (2) . pp. 189-203. ISSN 1369-8036 [Article] (doi:10.1080/13698036.2019.1566016)

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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
Keywords (uncontrolled): Applied Psychology, Developmental and Educational Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Social Psychology
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education
Item ID: 26136
Notes on copyright: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Infant Observation on 24/01/2019, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13698036.2019.1566016
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Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2019 11:20
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2022 19:57
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/26136

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