Alternative Education workforce development in Aotearoa: Lessons from related sectors

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Bruce J
With culturally responsive relationships at the centre, Alternative Education (AE) is a high support and high challenge learning environment, led by skilled educators enabling choice for rangatahi during a crucial time of development and learning (Bruce, et al, 2020). There are many challenges for educators working in AE and unique and specialised skills are required to work effectively in the sector. The aim of this research was two-fold: (1) to investigate the factors impacting on professional learning and development (PLD) and workforce development; and (2) to explore the growth and challenges to professionalism in different but related fields: youth work and early childhood education (ECE). The aim of the study is to inform future steps toward PLD and workforce development in AE. The report concludes with implications for the AE sector workforce and recommendations for possible next steps in research. Two questions guide the direction of this research: 1. What are the historical and current factors impacting on AE educator professional learning and development? 2. What lessons can be learned regarding the formation and development of professional learning and development from related sectors, including future trends and predicted directions?
Bruce J (2020). Alternative Education workforce development in Aotearoa: Lessons from related sectors. Auckland, New Zealand. Wayne Francis Charitable Trust and Vodafone Aotearoa Foundation. 1-50.
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Fields of Research::39 - Education::3903 - Education systems::390307 - Teacher education and professional development of educators
Fields of Research::39 - Education::3901 - Curriculum and pedagogy::390102 - Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
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