Confused, compliant or courageous: Pedagogical leadership in early childhood settings in Australia within a neoliberalist landscape
Wednesday 24 May | 4.30 - 5.30pm | J1 Lecture Theatre
Manjula Waniganayake PhD, Professor of Early Childhood, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
Understanding the concept and meaning of pedagogical leadership within the early childhood sector is challenging and contentious. The absence of rigorous research on pedagogical leadership both conceptually and as it is understood by practitioners in the sector has hampered its theorisation and application within early childhood contexts. However, there is increasing recognition of the centrality of leading pedagogy as being the core business of early childhood organisations. Based on the voices of educational leaders in early childhood settings in Australia, this presentation will explore the extent to which leading pedagogy reflects confusion, compliance and courage. The challenges of leading pedagogy encountered by today’s practitioners will be contextualised within a neoliberalist policy landscape demanding performance against prescribed standards. The scope for conceptualising pedagogical leadership as a relational phenomenon activated collaboratively is recommended as a way forward in celebrating agentic leadership in early childhood settings.
J1 Lecture Theatre. The University of Auckland, Faculty of Education and Social Work
74 Epsom Ave
Auckland, Auckland 1023