Playcentre leadership: A learning story

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Authors
Mitchell, Carleen
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Degree
Master of Professional Practice
Grantor
Otago Polytechnic
Date
2020
Supervisors
Ker, Glenys
Thompson, Jo
Type
Masters Thesis
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Keyword
leadership
early childhood education centres
playcentres
Placecentre Aotearoa (early childhood education organisation)
leadership styles
Te Whāriki
Aotearoa
New Zealand
autoethnobiographies
action research
Citation
Mitchell, C. (2020). Playcentre Leadership: A Learning Story. (Unpublished document submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Professional Practice). Otago Polytechnic, New Zealand: https://doi.org/10.34074/thes.5471
Abstract
Research into leadership in early childhood education in Aotearoa New Zealand is in its infancy. At this early stage, distributed leadership has been identified as the most common style of leadership used in teacher-led early childhood education and care services. However, as a parent-led early childhood service in Aotearoa New Zealand, Playcentre uses emergent leadership. While some Playcentres have session facilitators, these positional leaders do not distribute leadership roles; the leadership is shared rather than distributed. This sharing of leadership removes power from roles therefore, those that come through Playcentre often don’t see themselves in leadership roles and downplay the knowledge, skills, and experience they are gaining. This enquiry sets out to develop a leadership framework for reflecting on leadership skills gained through Playcentre, and to gain an understanding of which are transferable to a range of other leadership roles, for example leadership in tertiary education. Action research is used to develop the Playcentre Leadership Framework. To examine the viability of this framework along with my leadership skills, an autoethnographic case study method was employed. The enquiry found the leadership framework evolved into a matrix for examining leadership practice along with giving insight into personal leadership practices. The leadership matrix provides scope for Playcentre Leaders and other early childhood education leaders to gain insight into their leadership, and develop a leadership framework of practice
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https://doi.org/10.34074/thes.5471
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