International leadership research of ECE “Discourse of leadership in the diverse field of early childhood education”
Leadership in early childhood education has been broadly discussed phenomenon in recent years and following the institutional chance of ECE field. Leadership is under the ongoing transformation in many ways. Societal changes, economic situations, and administrative renews challenges both pedagogy and organisational structures, and sets new requirements to the leadership of Early Childhood Education (ECE).
Changes of ECE institutions are global phenomena and comparative studies with Finnish, South African, Japanese, Singapore, the USA and German ECE leadership discourses will open a broader understanding for the variation of discourses. The local phenomena can became more prominent when investigating the phenomena globally.
Data will be collected by focus group interviews, where ECE directors and kindergarten teachers model separately focus groups. The data will be analysed by a discourse analysis.
The aim of the study is to describe directors and kindergarten teacher’s conceptions of ECE leadership among the changing situations of the ECE field.
The purpose is to provide understanding about the various discourses and the different expectations of ECE leadership. Through this, it is possible to unify the concept and bring clarity to the essence of leadership. This will increase pedagogical quality, work well-being and children’s and parents’ satisfaction with ECE.
This study is connected to the collaboration in the International leadership research forum – early childhood education (ILRF–ECE) http://ilrfec.org/ilrf/
Research group leader University Lecturer Elina Fonsén, University of Helsinki, Finland elina.fonsen(at)helsinki.fi
University Lecturer Päivi Kupila, University of Tampere, Finland
Lecturer Tarja Liinamaa, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Researcher Dr Marja-Liisa Keski-Rauska, Regional State Administrative Agency
Professor Nkidi Phatudi, University of South Africa, South Africa
Associate professor Sharon Mampane, University of South Africa, South Africa
University Lecturer Modise Matshediso, University of South Africa, South Africa
Dr Namhla Sotuku, University of Fort Hare, South Africa
Master Student Fritz David, University of Pretoria, South Africa (Namibia)
University Lecturer Chika Inoue, Tokoha University junior college, Japan
Associate professor Masayo Kawakita, Jumonji University, Japan
Professor Tunde Szecsi, Gulf Coast university, Florida
Doctoral research student, Shaireen Selamat, University of Warwick, UK (Singapore)
Professor Petra Strehmel, Hampurg University of Applied Sciences, German
Emerita Professor Eeva Hujala, University of Tampere, Finland
Professor Manjula Waniganayake, University of Macquarie, Australia
Educational consultant, Jillian Rodd, UK
Vivianne Ruohola, University of Helsinki, Finland
Marika Repo, University of Helsinki
Markus Sauvola, University of Helsinki
Sofia Fonsén, University of Tampere
Jan Varpanen, University of Tampere
Anna Reponen, University of Jyväskylä
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