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

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Elfer, P., Dearnley, K. and Wilson, D. 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. https://doi.org/10.1080/13698036.2019.1566016
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TitleWork 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
AuthorsElfer, P., Dearnley, K. and Wilson, D.
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.

KeywordsApplied Psychology, Developmental and Educational Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Social Psychology
LanguageEnglish
PublisherTaylor & Francis (Routledge)
JournalInfant Observation
ISSN1369-8036
Electronic1745-8943
Publication dates
Online24 Jan 2019
Print04 May 2018
Publication process dates
Deposited04 Feb 2019
Accepted11 Dec 2018
Output statusPublished
Accepted author manuscript
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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

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/13698036.2019.1566016
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