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Leadership : Contexts and Complexities in Early Childhood Education - Manjula Waniganayake

Leadership

Contexts and Complexities in Early Childhood Education

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Published: 28th September 2012
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Leadership is an essential resource that informs day-to-day pedagogy and management of early childhood organisations. 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.

Leadership: Contexts and Complexities in Early Childhood Education 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 an early childhood setting. 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.

Key features:

  • Practitioner voices through out reflect diversity across gender, culture, age and expertise of those working in a range of early childhood contexts.
  • Includes latest policy guidelines for early childhood education and features relevant discussion about social entrepreneurship.
  • To actively involve the reader ‘Reflections in practice’ are presented throughout each chapter. These reflective points capture the duality of thinking and doing, an important learning and teaching strategy for readers of this book and will be useful to unpack with a peer and/or as a team.


About the Authors

Manjula Waniganayake is an associate professor at the Institute of Early Childhood, Macquarie University. She is a specialist in early childhood leadership, quality assurance and policy analysis work. Sandra Cheeseman is a lecturer in social policy, management and leadership at the Institute of Early Childhood, Macquarie University.l Marianne Fenech is an Australian Research Council postdoctoral research fellow based at the Children and Families Research Centre, Macquarie University.

Fay Hadley is a lecturer at the Institute of Early Childhood, Macquarie University with a major focus on early childhood management and practicum studies. Wendy Shepherd is the Director of the Mia Mia Child and Family Study Centre has more than twenty years of experience in leading early childhood programs. She has consistently contributed to early childhood policy reform as an invited member of key government advisory committees.

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      Great textbook for early childhood education, would also be a great resource for leaders in the early childhood field. Whish my director had read it.

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      PART 1: CONTEXTS OF LEADERSHIP
      1. Conceptualising Early Childhood Leadership
      Contexts of early childhood leadership
      What do we know about early childhood leadership?
      Theorising early childhood leadership
      Elements of leadership activity
      Intentional leadership
      Pivotal role of leadership in early childhood settings
      Leadership and ethics

      2. The Australian Policy Context
      Why do I need to know about politics?
      What is policy?
      The Australian context
      Government in Australia
      Creating policy from legislation
      Policy in the early childhood context
      Early childhood settings
      Why are governments involved in early childhood?
      Australian government involvement in early childhood provision
      The Australian government’s reform agenda for early childhood

      3. Leading for Quality
      Quality early childhood education
      Overview of legal, regulatory and professional accountabilities for early childhood settings
      The national quality framework
      Quality from whose perspective?
      Professional judgment and professional autonomy: essential tools in an intentional leader’s repertoire

      4. Governance and Management Structures
      What is governance?
      Global contexts of governance
      Early childhood management structures
      Governance roles and responsibilities in early childhood
      Style of governance
      Role of local government in early childhood settings
      Governance and human rights
      Bringing together management structures and governance

      5. Strategic Planning and Development
      Context
      The many faces of organisational planning
      The leader’s role in organisational planning and development
      Strategic organisational development
      Getting started—guiding beliefs and values
      Developing an organisational vision
      Evaluation
      Gathering data
      Including the voices of children
      Collating and analysing the data
      Identifying the goals, outcomes or key result areas
      Developing strategies—getting everyone on board
      Keeping the plan alive
      Making mistakes and changing direction

      6. Pedagogical Leadership
      Now is the time
      The importance of philosophy in pedagogical leadership
      Creating a vision
      How can I lead a team to facilitate better learning outcomes for children?
      Getting started 99
      What else can I do?

      7. Leading Intentionally through Advocacy and Activism
      The case for advocacy and activism
      Exploring advocacy and activism: Two types of influence
      Starting points for advocacy and activism
      Levels of advocacy and activism
      Leading intentionally through advocacy and activism
      A final word

      PART 2: LEADERSHIP IN CONTEXT
      8. Power, Professional Judgment and Ethical Practice
      Intentional leadership as credible and ethical
      Power and relationships with children
      Power and relationships with families
      Power and staff relationships
      Power and relationship with the governing body and regulatory authorities

      9. Effective Workplaces
      Creating an ethical workplace
      Approaches to working with staff
      Building a centre team
      Mentoring as a leadership strategy
      Staff policies and procedures
      Recruitment, retention and professional learning
      Building the organisational culture and ethos

      10. Relationships with Families
      What does building relationships mean?
      Respectful, authentic and professional relationships
      Diversity within relationships
      Collaboration and decision-making processes
      Professional boundaries
      Online communication

      11. Community Engagement
      What is community engagement?
      Involving families, staff and the community
      Working with families and agencies in integrated ways
      Networking within the sector
      Networking beyond the sector
      Working with the media
      The leader’s role in building connections with the community

      12. Money Matters
      The early childhood organisation as a small business enterprise
      Basic accounting language, principles and processes
      Linking legislative and financial accountabilities
      Understanding income and expenditure cycles
      Maintaining a healthy bottom line
      Avoiding pitfalls and managing risks
      Windows of opportunities
      13. Social Entrepreneurship and Marketing
      What is social entrepreneurship?
      Why do early childhood leaders need marketing skills?
      What is marketing and how does the leader use social entrepreneurship as a framework?
      Relationships
      Public relations
      Funding proposals

      14. Professional Growth and Career Planning
      Being and becoming leaders
      Understanding continuing professional growth
      Why is professional learning necessary?
      Professional learning and support strategies
      Career pathways in early childhood
      Leadership specialisations
      Novice educators and induction to the profession
      Succession planning

      ISBN: 9780195576139
      ISBN-10: 0195576136
      Audience: Tertiary; University or College
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 262
      Published: 28th September 2012
      Publisher: Oxford University Press Australia
      Country of Publication: AU
      Dimensions (cm): 24.5 x 19.1  x 1.6
      Weight (kg): 0.612