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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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          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