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ERIC Number: EJ952531
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 61
ISSN: ISSN-1360-3124
Pedagogical Leadership from a Distributed Perspective within the Context of Early Childhood Education
Heikka, Johanna; Waniganayake, Manjula
International Journal of Leadership in Education, v14 n4 p499-512 2011
In practice, pedagogical leadership cannot be considered on its own. It has to be considered within the full extent of leadership roles and responsibilities expected of today's early childhood leaders. This is not possible without an adequate understanding and theorizing of the foundational concepts of leadership and pedagogy. Here, the authors explore the meaning and significance of "pedagogical leadership" within early childhood education. In the broader literature on educational leadership, a variety of relative concepts such as pedagogical or instructional leadership are used interchangeably, and the differences and connections between these concepts are rarely clarified or observed. In the early childhood literature specifically, the lack of rigorous research on pedagogical leadership in this sector has inhibited the coherent development of the concept in a meaningful way. Given the increasing interest in understanding distributed ways of practising early childhood leadership, the authors are interested in exploring the possibilities of enacting pedagogical leadership within contemporary early childhood settings. In this article, the authors examine how the study of pedagogical leadership within early childhood education could be informed by distributed approaches. Overall, this article addresses three key questions: first, what are the main theoretical applications of pedagogical leadership in early childhood education? Second, what are the challenges of conceptualizing "pedagogy" and "pedagogical leadership"? Third, can early childhood leaders implement pedagogical leadership in distributed ways? Their discussion takes the form of an examination of possibilities and challenges of leadership matters facing early childhood practitioners in Finland and Australia.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia; Finland