"Doing” social justice in early childhood: The potential of leadership

Gibson, Megan, Press, Frances, & Hard, Louise (2014) "Doing” social justice in early childhood: The potential of leadership. In 2014 Annual Meeting of American Educational Research Association : The Power of Education Research for Innovation in Practice and Policy, 3 - 7 April 2014, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Early childhood education and care (ECEC) has long been connected with objectives related to social justice. ECEC in Australia has its roots in philanthropic and educational reform movements, and more recently with the National Early Childhood Reform Agenda, ECEC has once more been linked to the redressing inequality and disadvantage. Drawing on extant literature, including data from two previously reported Australian studies in which leadership emerged as having a transformational impact on service delivery, this paper examines the potential of early childhood leadership to generate ‘socially just’ educational communities. With reference to critical theory, we argue that critically informed, intentional and strategic organisational leadership can play a pivotal role in creating changed circumstances and opportunities for children and families.

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ID Code: 82885
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood & Inclusive Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 The authors
Deposited On: 30 Mar 2015 05:14
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2015 02:56

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