From self-reflection to critical team reflection : Permanent Learning in Teams, a model towards a reflective and democratic praxis in Early Childhood Education

Ana del Barrio


The model Permanent Learning in Teams -as professional learning communities- is a practical approach that early childhood professionals and their coaches support to develop a critical reflective attitude on their knowledge and praxis. The model was developed during a two years action research project conducted by Bureau MUTANT (2007-2008) and co-constructed with four childcare-providing organizations. The project focused on the development of a reflexion process at all levels in these organizations - educators, team leaders and management and staff at central level - to improve professional quality. The coconstruction of the model contributed to strengthening the individual and team learning processes. It also led to more pleasure, enthusiasm and increased commitment towards the work of educators. However, two important conditions have to be in place within early childhood organizations: Structural time to facilitate the reflection process and team coaching.




critical learning communities; early childhood education



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