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ECPN Newsletter Issue 7: August 2022

The Here and Now: Reimagining Early Childhoods in Urgent Times

Aug 8, 2022

Issue # 7 of the Here & Now begins by wishing our early childhood colleagues an enjoyable and restorative summer, and recognizing the seriousness currently faced by many, trying to stay safe during heat warnings and/or being confronted by painful trauma reignited by Pope Francis’ apology to survivors and families for harmful legacies wrought by the Catholic-run Residential School system. This month's Here & Now responds to an unprecedented year of federal and provincial governments making bold and necessary moves to support the creation of a nationally-funded early learning and child care (ELCC) system.

A qualitative examination of early childhood educators’ participation in professional learning

Investigating social constructionist understandings of quality

Jul 15, 2022

This article (1) describes a model of professional learning trialed in western Canada that supports educators to engage with social constructionist scholarship on quality and (2) reports on the educators’ and pedagogical facilitators’ experiences with this model. Using a qualitative methodology, the article analyzes data from interviews, focus groups, and open-ended questionnaires completed by educators and pedagogical facilitators. The findings of this study have implications not only for the professional learning of early childhood educators but also for early education systems in Canada and abroad.

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