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Perspectives on Leadership in Early Childhood Education and Care Centers Through Community of Practice

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posted on 2021-01-21, 23:43 authored by Kirsi-Marja HeikkinenKirsi-Marja Heikkinen, Raisa Ahtiainen, Elina Fonsén

In this article we focus on the perceptions of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) directors, leaders on leadership through the concept of community of practice and examine how it could be applied in the Finnish context during times of change. Data on the perceptions of 15 ECEC centre directors were collected via a focus group interview. The study employed qualitative content analysis design. The results indicate that the formal leader has an important role in leading the community. Moreover, building flexible leadership structures and supporting all community members in developing the shared pedagogical leadership are the building blocks of the future leadership as a joint enterprise.


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  • Finland

Lead author job role

  • Postgraduate Student

Lead author institution

University of Helsinki

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  • Yes


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