Supporting ‘successful knowledge transfer’ for early childhood professionals – an emerging conceptual framework in an Australian context

Brown, Alice ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0306-729X and Sharpe, Susan and Andrews, Dorothy (2020) Supporting ‘successful knowledge transfer’ for early childhood professionals – an emerging conceptual framework in an Australian context. Early Years. ISSN 0957-5146


Abstract

A wealth of literature exists that describes the process of knowledge transfer (KT) as activities, interactions and mechanisms that foster the dissemination, application, and contextualisation of acquired learning into practice. However, little of this literature addresses the idiosyncratic nature of early childhood education and care contexts (ECEC), or the implications the process of KT has for professional development and professional learning of early childhood educators. This paper reports on efforts to address this issue by investigating existing literature. A four-stage filtering process was employed to interrogate KT literature (process, frameworks and models), and contextualise this information for ECEC settings. The paper outlines an emerging conceptual framework that has relevancy to ECEC in Australia, and more broadly, and explains how knowledge from professional development can translate into practice. The framework reinforces that the process of successful KT needs to start by identifying knowledge, and then move to acquiring and applying knowledge, before upscaling and sustaining knowledge.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published online: December 2020. Permanent restricted access to ArticleFirst version, in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2021 23:40
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2021 04:32
Uncontrolled Keywords: knowledge transfer; early childhood education; professional learning; professional development; framework
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130102 Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori)
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390405 Educational technology and computing
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390302 Early childhood education
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/09575146.2020.1856045
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/43447

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