Challenges of Early Years leadership preparation: a comparison between early and experienced Early Years practitioners in England

Mistry, M and Sood, K ORCID: 0000-0002-0617-8614, 2012. Challenges of Early Years leadership preparation: a comparison between early and experienced Early Years practitioners in England. Management in Education, 26 (1), pp. 28-37. ISSN 0892-0206

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Abstract

Leadership has been under-researched in the Early Years (EY) sector of primary schools in England, especially in leading change for professional development. The aim of this paper is to theorise what the leadership culture for EY practitioners looks like, and how Initial Teacher Training providers and schools are preparing practitioners for leadership. Using case studies of EY practitioners in different stages of their career in primary schools, we offer an insight into their preparedness for leadership in EY, the implication being that leadership training requires an understanding and embedding of the EY culture and context. Interviews with both sample groups allowed for deeper insight into the lived world. Interviews were also conducted with the head teachers to gain an overview of the leadership preparation they provided. The main findings suggest that newer EY practitioners are better prepared for leadership from their university training in comparison to more experienced EY practitioners.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Management in Education
Creators: Mistry, M. and Sood, K.
Publisher: Sage on behalf of the British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society (BELMAS)
Date: 2012
Volume: 26
Number: 1
ISSN: 0892-0206
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1177/0892020611427068DOI
Rights: © 2012 British Educational Leadership, Management & Administration Society (BELMAS)
Divisions: Schools > School of Education
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 11:12
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:52
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/24241

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