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‘…a major contribution to the limited literature and research on leadership in childhood education.’ – Professor Tony Bush, Editor of Educational Management, Administration and Leadership.

‘This important book focuses clearly on evidence, describing the realities of leading and managing settings in times of rapid policy changes. Carol Aubrey manages to combine theory, research and practice in a book that will be invaluable to a new generation of early years professionals.’ – Angela Anning, Emeritus Professor of Early Childhood Education, University of Leeds, UK

‘..skilfully draws on sound empirical research to present a grounded theory model for leadership in early years education. …of interest to researchers, students and practitioners internationally.’ – Professor Nithi Muthukrishna, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

This Second Edition of Leading and Managing in the Early Years explores and integrates leadership and management practice with a real understanding of early years settings.

Revised and updated, this new edition includes: - Two new chapters on private day care and reflective practice and action research; - Further coverage of reflective practice and reflective leadership skills; - More on EYPS as well as integrated centre leadership; - Practical suggestions for working with resistant groups and individuals.

Carol Aubrey investigates different concepts and characteristics of Early Childhood (EC) leadership as well as the roles and responsibilities of EC leaders. She also explores the types of leadership programmes or development which are needed to maximise the effectiveness of EC leaders.

This book is essential reading for students in Early Childhood courses, Early Years Practitioners and local authority employees involved with the integrated centres initiative.

Carol Aubrey is Professor of Early Childhood Studies at the University of Warwick.

Introduction: Theorizing Leadership in Early Childhood
Introduction: Theorizing leadership in early childhood

This chapter outlines the current national and international context to early childhood leadership. It introduces key concepts in the field in order to link early childhood leadership to broader theories in a changing world.

Background

Over the past few years there has been growing interest in concepts of leadership in early childhood (for example, Bloom et al., 1991; Hayden, 1996; Kagan and Bowman, 1997; Rodd, 1999). Initially these concepts often tended to focus on traits and characteristics, roles and responsibilities as well as specific leadership, management and administrative skills or behaviours. Indeed, debates have been conducted on the distinctions to be made between present-oriented management and future-oriented leadership (Bloom, 1997; Rodd, 1996). In many ways such ...

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