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