Looking back and looking forward : exploring distributed leadership with Queensland Prep teachers

O'Gorman, Lyndal May & Hard, Louise (2013) Looking back and looking forward : exploring distributed leadership with Queensland Prep teachers. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 38(3), pp. 77-84.

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There is an increasing expectation that early childhood teachers will be pedagogical leaders, particularly in a global context of curriculum reform. This paper reports on the distributed leadership experiences of early childhood teachers’ during the 2003 Preparatory Year (Prep) trial in Queensland, Australia. In 2010, 13 of the first Prep teachers participated in interviews to discuss their definitions of leadership and reflect on the opportunities they had to lead curriculum development during and since the 2003 trial. Data were examined using a conceptual framework based on the work of Woods et al. (2004), with a focus on the structural and agential aspects of distributed leadership. Participants identified a range of contextual influences, challenges, skills and enabling strategies that illustrate the complexities in leading curriculum.

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ID Code: 57773
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: early childhood education, Queensland, Preparatory Year, leadership
ISSN: 1836-9391
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori) (130102)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Early Childhood Australia
Deposited On: 05 Mar 2013 01:18
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2013 22:08

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