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ERIC Number: EJ820709
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 66
ISSN: ISSN-1357-5279
Exploring Management Practices in Child Care Centres in Australia, Queensland from a Social Systems Framework
Nupponen, Hanna
Child Care in Practice, v11 n2 p135-160 Apr 2005
The focus of this research was on the nature and characteristics of effective leadership and management practices in centre-based child care. This paper is part of a larger doctoral study with a focus on management within child care centres. Eight directors were interviewed in south east Queensland, Australia using a case study methodology. There has been minimal Australian research focused on the management aspects of directors' work in centre-based child care to date. The conceptual framework adopted in this study views management from a Social Systems Model. Central to a Social Systems framework is the notion that early childhood centres do not exist in isolation; rather, management in these settings is embedded in a broader social context. A Social Systems Model has received little attention in contemporary research on child care in Australia, and this study aims to build a framework for future studies in this area. The aim was to produce an understanding of directors' work; perceptions of their role as managers in the centre; their experiences; and the nature of management within the context of the child care field in a complex social, political and economic climate. (Contains 1 table and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia