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Leadership in early childhood education: The case for pedagogical praxis

Palaiologou, I; Male, T; (2019) Leadership in early childhood education: The case for pedagogical praxis. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood 10.1177/1463949118819100. Green open access

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Abstract

In this conceptual paper we examine the context of early childhood education and care (ECEC) in England and the underpinning pre-dominant ideologies to explore how these impact on the framing of leadership. The English context entails several contradictions (antinomies) at ontological, epistemological and axiological levels and is heavily influenced by an ideological struggle concerning the value of play within the sector as opposed to a climate of child performativity. Moreover, the predominately female workforce (a factor itself) has faced relentless changes in terms of qualifications and curriculum reforms in the recent years. With the introduction of the graduate leader qualification [Early Years Teacher Status (EYT)] a vast body of research has been seeking to conceptualise what leadership means for ECEC. In this paper we argue that these attempts are helpful and contribute to this discourse of leadership, but we need to think of it not only abstractly, but practically as well. Thus, we conclude, our (re)conceptualisation of leadership should locate it as pedagogical praxis after evaluating the inherent deep dispositions of leaders in conjunction with their history, surrounding culture and subjective perspectives/realities.

Type: Article
Title: Leadership in early childhood education: The case for pedagogical praxis
Location: UK
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/1463949118819100
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1177/1463949118819100
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: pedagogy, praxis, leadership, early childhood, pedagogical leadership
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Learning and Leadership
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10064585
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