REC | Reflection - Education - Care
Group reflection on practice is recognized as crucial when wanting quality ECEC centres. However, reflection is not always implemented in the services. When reflection with staff is done with meaningful, motivating and collaborative methods, it facilitates deep learning and a shift towards an educare holistic approach in ECEC.
The REC project focuses on these themes and aims at bringing reflection into practice by exploring how to create effective and sustainable reflective processes with ECEC teams. This should also help raising awareness about the importance of reflection n ECEC.
REC is an Erasmus+ KA2 project, implemented within an international partnership composed by the following organizations: Hungary Foundation (Hungary) who coordinates the project, Artevelde University of Applied Sciences (Belgium) with whom VBJK collaborates concerning the Belgian pilot, Open Academy Step by Step (Croatia) and Pedagoski Institut (Slovenia).
After sharing different reflective methods within the international partnership (WANDA, video-coaching, peer observations …) specific pilots will be implemented in each country, by creating CPD (continuous professional development) paths with ECEC centres within the framework of Professional Learning Communities (PLC). In Belgium (Fl) four ECEC centres will be involved in a group reflection path lasting 20 months.
In May 2023 the international partners and ECEC professionals involved will come to Belgium for a transnational training event.
At the end of the project:
- A practical guidebook will be written and made widely available on how to create effective and sustainable reflective paths in ECEC by using specific methods.
- Policy recommendations will be elaborated for ECEC leaders and policy makers at the EU and local level.