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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
        Country of Publication: AU
        Dimensions (cm): 24.5 x 19.1  x 1.6
        Weight (kg): 0.612