The relational agency framework as a tool for supporting the establishment, maintenance and development of multidisciplinary networks of professionals
Paper in a Symposium (Symp)
10:30 AM, Friday 1 Sep 2017 (15 minutes)
Convention Center - 2000 B
This presentation shows how the relational concepts have been used in an Australian evaluation study of nine multidisciplinary networks of early childhood professionals who worked together during a period of professional development to realise new approaches to assessment. The evaluation sought to examine how professionals from these nine networks changed their ways of working when collaborating for the improvement of outcomes for children in their regions. Data from professional inquiries and pre- and post- surveys were interrogated using the three relational concepts. The study revealed that successful partnerships exercised relational expertise and built common knowledge, giving rise to new narratives about professional practice. Out of the analysis of the data from the study, a Relational Agency Framework was developed and will be presented in relation to the three concepts.