Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/17960
Title: Leadership in Early Childhood Education Contexts: Looks, Roles, and Functions
Contributor(s): Kivunja, Charles  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2015
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.4236/ce.2015.616172Open Access Link
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/17960
Field of Research (FoR) 2008: 130102 Early Childhood Education (excl Maori)
130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
130205 Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl Economics, Business and Management)
Field of Research (FoR) 2020: 390302 Early childhood education
390102 Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
390106 Geography education curriculum and pedagogy
390107 Humanities and social sciences curriculum and pedagogy (excl. economics, business and management)
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 930102 Learner and Learning Processes
930101 Learner and Learning Achievement
930103 Learner Development
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: undefined
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Abstract: Situated in the field of early childhood education (ECE), this paper uses literature on educational leadership to answer four questions about leadership in ECE contexts. Firstly, what is leadership and how important is it for the success of an organisation? Secondly, what does it look like in ECE? Thirdly, what does leadership in ECE involve? And fourthly, how does efficient and effective leadership function in an ECE context? It is important to answer these questions because there is an understanding that leadership in ECE contexts is unlike leadership in other educational institutions. It requires special administrative and managerial skills to plan, organise, lead, control and direct the operations in the ECE context, as well as leadership skills to provide an organisational vision, direction and aculturation. An understanding of what leadership in ECE contexts looks like, its roles and functions can inform ECE leaders in ways that help them to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their educational institution.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Creative Education, 6(16), p. 1710-1717
Publisher: Scientific Research Publishing Inc
Place of Publication: United States of America
ISSN: 2151-4755
2151-4771
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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