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Changing Times: Changing Challenges for Early Childhood Leaders
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-25, 22:04 authored by Boardman, M
Rapid change resulting from the devolution of responsibility to schools and their communities as part of school-based management practices, has created substantial leadership challenges across all sectors of education, with school leaders facing more role changes than any other group involved in school reform (Blase & Blase 1997, p.30). The early childhood area of education has not been exempt from the impact of these changes, experiencing many pressures to accommodate rapid social change and develop services and programs that are adaptive and flexible and responsive to community needs (Rodd 1998, p. 126). Subsequently, these significant changes have necessitated the expansion of the leadership role for early childhood leaders. No longer is it desirable or appropriate for these leaders to be seen in a mothering, nurturing role but rather they must become administrators, advocates, trainers, supervisors and educators (Rodd 1998).
Publication titleAustralian Journal of Early Childhood