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Professors Chris Pascal & Tony Bertram

Tony and Chris are both Directors of the Centre for Research in Early Childhood and members of the DCSF Early Education Advisory Group, which advises the government on the development of early childhood services and the EYFS. Chris is also director of the Effective Early Learning (EEL) Project, the Accounting Early for Life Long Learning (AcE) Project, and is a former National Evaluator of the DfES Early Excellence Centre Programme. Tony is also Director of Amber Publications and Training, CREC’s sister organisation. He is Past President and Co-Founder of the European Early Childhood Research Association, was a founder member of the UK Early Years Curriculum Group and a member of the national executive of TACTYC (Tutors of Advanced Courses for Teachers of Young Children).

 

What is Practitioner Research and why is it important in the Early Years?

Practitioner Research is, as the name suggests, research carried out by practitioners, but importantly it is ‘for the purpose of advancing their own practice’ (McLeod 1999). It is about those involved in the delivery of a service not just trying out something new but instead deeply questioning ‘how’ and ‘why’ things are done. It is about those involved systemically gathering evidence to gain a greater knowledge of their own impact on the services that they offer and giving them a greater knowledge, understanding and confidence to make constructive changes for the better. (more…)



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