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The decision-making processes of early childhood teachers when working with children experiencing parental separation and divorce

Mahony, Linda, Lunn, J., Petriwskyj, A. and Walsh, K. (2014). The decision-making processes of early childhood teachers when working with children experiencing parental separation and divorce. Early Child Development and Care,185(7):1088-1108.

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Title The decision-making processes of early childhood teachers when working with children experiencing parental separation and divorce
Author Mahony, Linda
Lunn, J.
Petriwskyj, A.
Walsh, K.
Journal Name Early Child Development and Care
Publication Date 2014
Volume Number 185
Issue Number 7
ISSN 0300-4430   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 1088
End Page 1108
Total Pages 21
Place of Publication United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract In this study, the pedagogical decision-making processes of 21 Australian early childhood teachers working with children experiencing parental separation and divorce were examined. Transcripts from interviews and a focus group with teachers were analysed using grounded theory methodology. The findings showed that as teachers interacted with young children experiencing parental separation and divorce, they reported using strategic, reflexive pedagogical decision-making processes. These processes comprised five stages: (1) teachers constructing their knowledge, (2) teachers thinking about their knowledge, (3) teachers using decision-making schemas, (4) teachers taking action, and (5) teachers monitoring action and evaluating. This understanding of teachers’ reflexive pedagogical decision-making is useful for identifying how teachers and educational leaders can support children experiencing parental separation and divorce or other life challenges.
Keywords decision-making
separation and divorce
teachers’ knowledge
grounded theory
pedagogical practice
reflexive thinking
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03004430.2014.980405   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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