ERIC Number: EJ1093537
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
The Role of the Educational Leader in Long Day Care--How Do They Perceive Their Role?
Rouse, Elizabeth; Spradbury, Gail
Early Child Development and Care, v186 n3 p497-508 2016
National reforms introduced into the early childhood education and care sector across Australia have created a requirement for each service to appoint an "educational" leader to provide curriculum direction to ensure that children achieve quality care and education to lead to positive outcomes. Leadership in the early childhood has often been contested and complex, but the addition of a new leadership for building pedagogy and practice has created additional complexities. This paper reports the findings of a small-scale qualitative research study investigating how a small number of educational leaders working in long day care settings in urban Australia perceive their role. The study identified that these educational leaders came to the position unwillingly and felt poorly prepared and supported to meet the challenges presented.
Descriptors: Educational Change, Leaders, Foreign Countries, Child Care, Leadership Role, Early Childhood Education, Interviews, Leadership Effectiveness, Models, Instructional Leadership, Preschool Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia