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Professional Dialogue as Professional Learning: Anne Grey

From the New Zealand Journal of Teacher's Work, 2011.

This article discusses professional dialogue as an important aspect of
professionalism for early childhood teachers. It draws on the experiences of four
qualified early childhood teachers of one teaching team in an early childhood
centre who engaged in extensive professional dialogue with each other. Dialogue
focused on the values that underpinned and were reflected in their teaching
practice. These values were discussed in order to explore the commonalities and
differences in teaching philosophies amongst the team. The article outlines both
the benefits and the challenges of engaging in professional dialogue by drawing on
the perceptions of the teachers who participated. The article contends that
professional dialogue should be viewed as an alternative form of professional
learning.