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South African Journal of Childhood Education

On-line version ISSN 2223-7682
Print version ISSN 2223-7674


HEIKKA, Johanna E.; KAHILA, Sanni K.  and  SUHONEN, Katja K.. A study of pedagogical leadership plans in early childhood education settings in Finland. SAJCE [online]. 2020, vol.10, n.1, pp.1-9. ISSN 2223-7682.

BACKGROUND: Current research on early childhood education (ECE) leadership as well as on policy reform in Finland suggests that pedagogical leadership must be considered as a purposeful and planned process. Pedagogical leadership plans play a key role in the purposeful and effective enactment of pedagogical leadership in ECE settings. AIM: This study aimed at examining the contents of pedagogical leadership plans drawn up in Finnish ECE centres to interpret the perceptions of the centre directors on the implementation of pedagogical leadership in their settings. SETTING: This study examines pedagogical leadership plans in ECE settings in Finland. METHODS: We used inductive content analysis to examine documents drawn up by nine ECE centre directors as pedagogical leadership plans for their centres. Our analysis identified four main categories that describe how the ECE centre directors conceive the enactment of pedagogical leadership. RESULTS: The findings revealed that the focus of the plans was on leading pedagogical issues and processes within the ECE centres. Creating structures for pedagogical development and reflection were emphasised in the plans. The plans reflected a distributed leadership approach. CONCLUSION: The findings of the study provide information about how the ECE directors intend to enact pedagogical leadership and assist ECE leaders to develop leadership planning in their work settings. In this way, the study contributes to leadership development within the ECE sector

Keywords : early childhood education; leadership; pedagogical leadership; leadership plans.

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