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ERIC Number: EJ794878
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 16
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-1476-718X
Understanding Early Childhood Leadership: Emerging Competencies in the Context of Relationships
Shin, Min Sun; Recchia, Susan L.; Lee, Seung Yeon; Lee, Yoon Joo; Mullarkey, Lara S.
Journal of Early Childhood Research, v2 n3 p301-316 2004
In this qualitative study, multidimensional characteristics of the emerging leadership behavior of six young children were examined within their early childhood classrooms (infant, toddler, and preschool). Grounded in a constructivist framework, the data were gathered through teacher interviews and classroom observations in a University-affiliated center over a six-week period. Findings yielded two major themes which best described the characteristics of these young leaders: dynamic and charismatic personalities; and a sense of ownership of and a high awareness in the classroom. By examining the ways leadership manifested itself in the classroom, findings also suggested that leadership could be seen as a relational rather than an individual construct. Young leaders seem to exert their social power to develop relationships with peers and teachers and at the same time to include and exclude certain peers or teachers during the interaction. Findings are discussed with reference to implications for practice and suggestions for further study. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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