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ERIC Number: EJ1264890
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2020-Sep
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1741-1432
Kindergarten Teachers' Perceptions of Whole-Child Development: The Roles of Leadership Practices and Professional Learning Communities
Keung, Chrysa Pui Chi; Yin, Hongbiao; Tam, Winnie Wing Yi; Chai, Ching Sing; Ng, Clement Ka Kit
Educational Management Administration & Leadership, v48 n5 p875-892 Sep 2020
This study examined the relationships between leadership practices, professional learning communities, teachers' efficacy beliefs and perceptions of whole-child development in the context of kindergarten education. A sample of 2120 teachers from 153 Hong Kong kindergartens participated in a questionnaire survey. The results showed that principals' leadership practices had significant effects on all five professional learning community components. Leadership practices were also positively related to teachers' perceptions of whole-child development directly and indirectly through the mediation of three professional learning community components, namely a shared sense of purpose, collaborative activities and a collective focus on children's learning. Moreover, three professional learning community components (i.e. a collective focus on children's learning, deprivatized practice and reflective dialogue) were positively associated with teachers' perceptions of whole-child development via their efficacy beliefs. The findings support the mediating role of professional learning communities in developing kindergarten teachers' collaboration for improving their efficacy beliefs and perceptions of the whole-child development of children. Kindergarten principals play a key role in cultivating a supportive culture and facilitating teacher learning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education; Elementary Education; Kindergarten; Primary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong