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Developing Professional Capital in an Organisation

Bhavani Batumalia

on 22 April 2013

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Growing Professional Capital in AES Enacting Change Professional Capital in AES What is our current situation? Where do we want to be? How do we get there? Management Team Collaborative Culture Teachers and Community Reflective Practice Human Capital Decisional Capital Social Capital What is Professional Capital? Requisite skills and knowledge of the individual "...quantity and quality of interactions and social relationships among people affects their access to knowledge and information; their senses of expectation, obligation and trust; and how far they are likely to adhere to the same norms or codes of behaviour.." (Pg 90) "The capital that professionals acquire and accumulate through structured and unstructured experience, practice and reflection - capital that enables them to make wise decisions in circumstances where there is no fixed rule or incontrovertible evidence to guide them..." Reflecting in action...
capacity to walk around a problem when you are right in the middle of it, to think about what you are doing even as you are improvising it... "In collaborative cultures, failure and uncertainty are not protected and defended, but instead are shared and discussed with a view to gaining help and support..." Clusters and Networks What is the culture we desire?
What elements in the existing culture can we keep or change?
How might this change our thinking, behaviour or interactions with others?
How will we modify our actions to ensure success of our plans?
What might we do differently? Human Capital Social Capital Decisional Capital "Capital refers to one's own or group worth, particularly concerning assets that can be leveraged on to accomplish desired goals." (Pg 1) The essence of PC is in the "capability and commitment that are constantly developed, applied and refined with colleagues within the school and beyond it." (Pg 76) Passion and commitment Human Capital is about capability and commitment. "Social Capital increases your knowledge - it gives you access to other people's human capital. It expands your networks of influence and opportunity. And it develops resilience when you know there are people to go to who can give you advice and be your advocates." (Pg 90) "Human capital in teaching is about having and developing the requisite skills and knowledge. It is about knowing your subject and knowing how to teach it, knowing children and understanding how they learn, understanding the diverse cultural and family circumstances that your students come from, being able to sift and sort the science of successful and innovative practice, and having the emotional capabilities to empathise with divers groups of children and adults in and around the school. Not just in subject matter... But in pedagogy and learner psychology as well... ...and so many other things. "...you cannot increase human capital just by focussing on it in isolation. Some of the most powerful, underutilised strategies in all of education involve the deliberate use of teamwork - enabling teachers to learn from each other within and across schools - and building cultures and networks from communication, learning, trust and collaboration around the team as well." Guidance... Support... Trust... Collegiality... Collaboration... Effectiveness... Safe environment "...enhanced by drawing on the insights and experiences of colleagues in forming judgements over many occasions... in other words, social capital is actually an integral part of decisional capital..." Practice makes perfect... Reflecting on action...
once the practice has finished. Why do things happen the way they do? Why do I act the way I do? Why are my plans successful / unsuccessful? Avoid Balkanisation
"Teachers in balkanised cultures attach their loyalties and identities to particular groups with whom they they work most closely, share most time, and socialise most often in the staffroom or department room... The existence of tightly insulated subgroups in a school often reflects and reinforces very different outlooks." Arranged Collegiality
"structures to kick-start collaboration between teachers..." Coaching Peer Pressure Planning Time Professional Learning Communities
"collaborative improvements and decisions are informed by evidence..." "...collective responsibility is not just a commitment; it is the exercise of capabilities on a deep and wide scale." Guidelines for teachers
1. Become a true pro - Prepare yourself well...
2. Examine your own experience - Reflect...
3. Be a mindful teacher - Become self-aware...
4. Build your human capital through social capital - Collaborate!
5. Trust processes and peers, role-model.
6. Invest in & accumulate decisional capital - practice, reflect, get feedback...
7. Take the first step... Have initiative.
8. Connect everything back to your students Reflecting on action habitually can lead to the ability to reflect in action. Know your people, understand their culture... Be evidence-informed, not data-driven Is this happening in AES?
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