Leadership in Early Childhood: The Pathway to Professionalism

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Open University Press, 1994 - Early childhood education - 181 pages
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This is a practical resource for early childhood professionals who want to understand the role of leadership in early childhood settings. In the new second edition of this best selling book, the author tackles the task of defining what leadership means in early childhood using terminology that practitioners can understand. With community insistence on quality early childhood care & education in a time of diminishing resources, professionalism has become a major issue. Drawing on her extensive experience in the field, the author presents a framework for understanding the demands of leadership & for developing skills that are relevant to the wide range of early years settings, including: communication & interpersonal skills; building & leading an early childhood team; decision making; conflict management; promoting early childhood professionals' unique contribution to the welfare of children & families in the community. The second edition has been extensively revised & updated throughout & contains new material on: * the ethics of leadership * women as leaders Contents: Preface - Acknowledgements - Introduction - A Professional Issue - Communication & Interpersonal Skills - Conflict Resolution - Decision Making - Building & Leading a Team - Initiating & Implementing Change - Leadership & the Research Connection - A Partnership with Parents & the Public - The Ethics of Leadership -Epilogue - References - Index

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