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What are the important components of successful leadership teams within children centres? (Sharing our experience, Practitioner-led research 2008-2009; PLR0809/044)

Pavey, Fiona and Farress, Heidi (2009) What are the important components of successful leadership teams within children centres? (Sharing our experience, Practitioner-led research 2008-2009; PLR0809/044).

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Abstract

This research aimed to explore leadership within children centres and involved looking at the components that make up successful leadership teams with special consideration to working in multi-professional teams. Interviews with children centre managers, children centre teachers and child care managers were carried out in a cross-section of children centres. The interviews were transcribed and the data collected was analysed. How many interviews did they complete in total and what did the interviews explore? From this analysis, four recurrent themes were highlighted by the professionals and these were: • communication • professional Identity • pedagogical knowledge • leadership. The main implications for practice that the research has highlighted include: • The need for transparency in relation to the processes and systems of communication, enabling all to listen and feel listened to and for meaning making to occur. • Reflection is an essential part of practice that should not be considered extravagant. • Line managers need to share the values and vision of individual centres. • It is essential for theory and practice to be reflected upon in the creation of a learning community. • The development of a shared vision that is a basis for all working practice is an essential part of quality provision. This was a challenging process with many professional and personal obstacles to overcome. Upon reflection, our leadership team has provided support through these challenges and it is to the credit of the team that it has been completed.

Item Type: Document from Web
Publisher: Children’s Workforce Development Council
Additional Information: http://www.cwdcouncil.org.uk/assets/0000/7282/PLR0809044.pdf
Depositing User: Editor (1)
Date Deposited: 27 May 2011 11:31
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2012 18:22
URI: http://dera.ioe.ac.uk/id/eprint/2779
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