Leadership : Contexts and Complexities in Early Childhood Education

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Leadership is an essential resource for understanding the day-to-day pedagogy and management of early childhood organisations. It will assist pre-service teachers and practitioners engaged in early childhood matters to critically understand and actively engage with the macro and micro contexts within which they may work as intentional leaders.

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ISBN 9780190309367
Author

Waniganayake M

Publisher

Edition

2nd

Binding

Paperback

Weight 0.704 kg
Dimensions 2 × 19.1 × 24.6 cm

Description

How to be an intentional and active leaderLeadership will provoke and challenge you to think and question the way you look at and engage in leadership matters within your early childhood setting and beyond. It is an essential resource that will assist tertiary students and practitioners engaged in early childhood matters to critically understand and actively engage with the macro and micro contexts within which they may work as intentional leaders.Based on the authors’ professional development and research-based activities in a variety of locations including metropolitan, rural and remote regions in Australia, the book draws on established professional networks to capture diverse images and experiences of early childhood leaders.This book is in two parts. The first provides an orientation to the various contextual dimensions of early childhood leadership. These chapters are focused on `big picture’ issues that give shape to early childhood leadership, and include discussion of early childhood policy, legislative frameworks, quality standards, advocacy, governance and pedagogy. Part two deals with the application of leadership within early childhood settings. These chapters address perennial areas of importance including the development of sound relationships with families, engagement with community, and the creation of effective workplaces, as well as focus on other relatively new leadership dimensions: social entrepreneurialship, professional judgment and succession planning.New to this EditionThe text has been fully revised, including two new chapters: Chapter 8 Leading Organisational ChangeChapter 14 Places and Spaces for Adults for Thinking and LearningNew content emphasising the importance of professional communication and strategic planning.”Pause-Act-Reflect” questions which reinforce the need for “mindful leadership”.”Leaders in Practice” profiles have been revised and updated. These profiles reflect diversity across gender, culture, age and expertise of those working in a range of early childhood contexts located in different states and territories in Australia. Their perceptions, ideas and recommendations are grounded in first-hand experiences and authentically foster meaningful engagement in leadership matters. These are connected to the videos resources available in Oxford Ascend.

About the author
Manjula Waniganayake is Professor of Early Childhood in the Institute of Early Childhood, Macquarie University Sandra Cheeseman is a Lecturer in social policy, management and leadership in the Institute of Early Childhood, Macquarie University Marianne Fenech is Marianne is a Senior Lecturer and Director of Early Childhood programs in the Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney Fay Hadley is a Senior Lecturer and Director of Initial Teacher Education programs at Macquarie University in the Institute of Early Childhood, Macquarie University Wendy Shepherd is the director of Mia Mia in the Institute of Early Childhood, Macquarie University

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