This project will establish Australia’s first evidence base to inform quality improvement in early childhood education services through the development of Educational Leaders. Effective leadership is essential to ensuring the effective implementation of the Australian government’s National Quality Standards for early childhood education. A new theory of ‘learning-rich’ leadership for quality improvement will be developed to influence leadership education in the early childhood sector. Australia will benefit from an empirically valid theory to inform policy and teacher education, and increased effectiveness in service quality for the 1.9 million children attending early childhood education in Australia every week.
Professor Elizabeth Wood, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
Publications about the Project Methodology
Nuttall, J. (2013). The potential of Developmental Work Research as a professional learning methodology in early childhood education. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 13(3), 201-211. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.2304/ciec.2013.14.3.201
Nuttall, J., Thomas, L., & Henderson, L. (2016). Formative interventions in leadership development in early childhood education: the role of ‘double stimulation’. International Journal of Early Childhood, 16(1), 80-91. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F1476718X16664555
Publications about the work of Educational Leaders
Nuttall, J., & Thomas, L. (2015). Time and temporality in early childhood educators’ work. European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, 23(4), 512-523. https://doi.org/10.1080/1350293X.2014.970851
Nuttall, J., Thomas, L., & Wood, E. (2014). Travelling policy reforms re-configuring the work of early childhood educators in Australia. Globalisation, Societies and Education, 12(3), 358-372. https://doi.org/10.1080/14767724.2014.916199
Thomas, L. & Nuttall, J. (2014). Negotiating policy-driven and state-mandated expectations of leadership: The discourses accessed by early childhood educators in Australia. New Zealand Research in Early Childhood Education, 17, 101-114. https://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=685747685441131;res=IELHSS
Read a blog post by Dr Louise Kay, Research Associate on the project at the University of Sheffield, about the emotional labour involved in leading in early childhood settings in England.
Videos and podcasts for Educational Leaders
Conceptualising the role of educational leader
Leadership in education and care
Developing yourself and others
About educational leaders, from the Early Education Show
July 1, 2017