ERIC Number: ED476953
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-May
Zoom: The Impact of Early Childhood Leadership Training on Role Perceptions, Job Performance, and Career Decisions.
Bella, Jill; Bloom, Paula Jorde
Using the photographic concept of zoom as a metaphor for the goals of leadership training as well as the personal transformation that occurs within individuals who engage in professional development to enhance their leadership capacity, this study took a focused look at 182 individuals participating in two models of early childhood leadership training to assess the impact of such training on their role perceptions, job performance, and career decisions. The first model was a 2-year program involving 34 hours of coursework and on-site technical assistance to achieve NAEYC center accreditation. The second model entailed 110 clock hours of instruction and technical assistance over 10 months. Findings revealed that leadership training resulted in heightened empowerment and self-esteem that transformed perceptions of the administrative role. Perceptions of competency correlated more strongly with educational level than years of experience in the field or as an administrator. Individuals participating in both training models indicated that the experience gave them a new perspective on their administrative role and better enabled them to see themselves and their programs in the context of their community and their profession. Participants noted that four skill clusters had especially helped them in their management and leadership roles: interpersonal communication, group facilitation, decision making, and staff development. Eighty-six percent of participants continue to work in the field of early childhood and virtually all reported that their leadership training experience served as a stepping-stone to other professional development opportunities. The findings of the study underscore the need for systematic, intensive, and relevant training focused on the unique needs of early childhood directors. (KB)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Administrator Role, Administrators, Career Planning, Competence, Early Childhood Education, Empowerment, Job Performance, Leadership Training, Models, Professional Development, Self Esteem, Teacher Leadership, Training Methods
Center for Early Childhood Leadership, National-Louis University, 6310 Capitol Drive, Wheeling, IL 60090-7201. Tel: 800-443-5522, ext. 7703 (Toll Free); Fax: 847-465-5910; Web site: http://www.nl.edu/cecl.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: McCormick Tribune Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Illinois State Dept. of Human Services, Springfield.
Authoring Institution: National-Louis Univ., Wheeling, IL. Center for Early Childhood Leadership.