Teachers' perceptions of their abilities to be educational leaders in Victorian childcare settings

Grarock, Max and Morrissey, Anne-Marie 2013, Teachers' perceptions of their abilities to be educational leaders in Victorian childcare settings, Australasian journal of early childhood, vol. 38, no. 2, pp. 4-12.

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Title Teachers' perceptions of their abilities to be educational leaders in Victorian childcare settings
Author(s) Grarock, Max
Morrissey, Anne-Marie
Journal name Australasian journal of early childhood
Volume number 38
Issue number 2
Start page 4
End page 12
Total pages 9
Publisher Early Childhood Australia
Place of publication Watson, ACT
Publication date 2013-06
ISSN 1836-9391
Keyword(s) educational leaders
teacher
childcare
Summary In the context of new national regulatory requirements for designated educational leaders in early childhood settings, 11 Victorian teachers participated in semi-structured interviews exploring their perceptions of their ability to act as educational leaders in their childcare centres. Analysis of these interviews showed that, while teachers successfully made changes within their rooms, only those with a formal title or authority expressed confidence in their ability to lead change across their centres. Barriers to leadership included lack of time and a perception that their teacher qualifications 'did not buy authority'. A hierarchical model of leadership appeared dominant within the centres. The findings suggest both time allowance and formal role designation as strategies to support the new leadership roles, but also raise questions about the most effective models for supporting teacher leadership in childcare contexts.
Language eng
Field of Research 130102 Early Childhood Education (excl Maori)
130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30056010

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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