Leaders growing leaders: Effective early childhood leaders for sustainable leadership
About the project
The study aims to demonstrate how effective early childhood education (ECE) leaders support the leadership development of themselves and their teaching teams to sustain leadership capacity development in their ECE settings. Our rationale for the study is that sustained leadership capacity raises the quality of early childhood education, thus leading to positive outcomes for children and their whānau.
‘Theories of Action’ (Argyris and Schön, 1974, 1978; Argyris, 1976, 1980, 1982, 1988) drives the analysis of the leadership investigation. Espoused Theory and Theory-in-Use are two kinds of theories of action. Espoused theories are those that an individual claims to follow. Theories-in-use are those that can be inferred from action and is consistent with what people do.
The study generated a framework emerging from the data to support the professional learning and development in leadership, for leaders and their teams, to ensure that effective leadership is purposefully grown, developed and sustained across their ECE settings.
Building Leadership Capability and Capacity
Findings from this study indicate that effective leaders can grow leadership by building leadership capability and capacity within the ECE setting. Clearly, the leadership of our participating leaders was valued, respected and helped to create a strong ‘culture’ within their different centres.
Ako Aotearoa $10,000 (excl. GST)
Te Rito Maioha Early Childhood Education, $14,512 (excl. GST)
Some members of the Te Rito Maioha research team: (Left to right) Debbie Ryder (Project leader/researcher); Gwen Davitt (researcher); Sue Smorti (researcher) and Janis Carroll-Lind (Director Research)
Project commenced: May 2015
Project completion: October 2016
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