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Early Childhood Professionals : Leading Today and Tomorrow - Manjula Waniganayake

Early Childhood Professionals

Leading Today and Tomorrow

Paperback Published: 1st May 2003
ISBN: 9780864331700
Number Of Pages: 256

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This text clarifies for the first time what contemporary early childhood practitioners and leaders need to know in order to manage early childhood services in a professional way. With increasing pressure to provide high quality children's services, standards of practice in administration, management and leadership are increasingly being scrutinised.

Written for early childhood students and practitioners, Early Childhood Professionals: Leading Today & Tomorrow explores the leadership concepts in an integrated manner.

Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. xv
Administration, management and leadership: Connecting three key concepts in early childhood servicesp. 1
Children's services as human services organisationsp. 2
Perceptions and public imagep. 4
Roles and responsibilitiesp. 5
Administration, management and leadership: making the connectionsp. 10
Definitions and discourse in leadershipp. 17
Mentoring as a leadership strategyp. 23
Obstacles to leadership development in early childhoodp. 27
Reconceptualising administration, management and leadershipp. 28
Responding to change through effective management and leadershipp. 40
Systems theoryp. 45
Change as a processp. 47
The changing early childhood workplacep. 47
Quality issuesp. 48
The workforce and changep. 50
New technologies and changep. 51
Diversity of and in services-another changep. 51
Why change?p. 52
Change within organisationsp. 55
Resistance to changep. 56
Planning for changep. 58
Leadership during changep. 65
Adopting changep. 67
Putting change into daily practicep. 68
Leadership practices for effective partnerships with familiesp. 76
Respecting and responding to diversityp. 77
Why does collaboration with families matter?p. 84
Evolving notions of working with familiesp. 88
Training to work with familiesp. 94
Activating partnerships with parentsp. 98
Achieving quality: Cross-cultural perspectives on responding to challenges and opportunitiesp. 106
Quality discoursep. 107
Regulating quality in early childhoodp. 113
Accreditation in early childhood servicesp. 118
Tools of quality assessmentp. 121
Quality assurance-keys to professional growthp. 127
Politics of quality assurancep. 129
Pathways to policy: Influencing and achieving positive outcomesp. 134
What is public policy?p. 136
The context for public policy developmentp. 137
Effective policiesp. 138
Problems associated with the implementation of public policiesp. 145
Examples of public policyp. 145
Public policy from the early childhood practitioner's perspectivep. 148
Promoting understanding of policiesp. 152
Examples of specific policies or sections of policies relevant to early childhoodp. 153
Reconceptualising advocacy in early childhoodp. 161
Advocates and advocacyp. 162
Tools of a children's championp. 168
Advocacy tipsp. 173
Professional reform through action researchp. 176
Shared responsibilityp. 178
Creating the context for conflict resolution in the workplacep. 185
Backgroundp. 186
Job satisfactionp. 190
Conflict in early childhood settingsp. 191
Staff developmentp. 197
Causes of conflict in early childhood contextsp. 202
Globalisation and the futuresp. 211
The futures and changep. 213
Globalisation of the market economyp. 215
Knowledge as the main source of value addedp. 218
The growing significance of communication and information technologyp. 221
Management pointsp. 224
Managing the futures in early childhood servicesp. 227
Globalisationp. 231
Children's rights: Into the futuresp. 233
Bibliographyp. 239
Indexp. 252
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ISBN: 9780864331700
ISBN-10: 0864331703
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st May 2003
Publisher: MacLennan & Petty Pty Ltd
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.9 x 16.5  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.48