Leadership and Management in Early Childhood Services
Queensland University of Technology
Area of Study
Early Childhood Education, Leadership, Management Science
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
OverviewSynopsis:Early childhood settings, including primary schools, operate by using site-based management practices that rely heavily on participation by teachers, staff from all levels of the organisation, and parents. Early childhood teachers need excellent leadership and management strategies to participate effectively in group decision-making for the development of high quality programs and services. They also need an understanding of how management structures impact on programs and service provision. This understanding, together with a high level of personal power, helps individual teachers influence and lead decisions about what happens in early childhood settings.Learning OutcomesOn completion of this unit, you should be able to:
Approaches to Teaching and LearningThis unit will be studied through guided readings, personal research and writing, and collaborative learning activities. Weekly lectures and tutorials for internal students and internet resources for external students, will promote discussion, questions and problem-solving. You can make contact with the lecturer using telephone, fax and e-mail. You will be required to build on your information literacy and communication technology skills to resource and apply knowledge introduced in the unit.AssessmentAssessment name: Project (research)Description: Case study. You will research and present an analytical case study that describes and analyses the structure, leadership, management and policy processes of a selected early childhood context.Length: 2000 wordsRelates to objectives: 1, 2, 3 & 4Weight: 50Internal or external: BothGroup or individual: IndividualDue date: Mid-SemesterAssessment name: Project (applied)Description: Applied leadership and management task. You will have a choice of topics from which you will undertake a specific leadership and management task.Length: 2000 wordsRelates to objectives: 1, 2, 3 & 4Weight: 50Internal or external: BothGroup or individual: IndividualDue date: End-Semester
- Describe and analyse the essential aspects of being a successful leader in early childhood settings which incorporate the principles of working in a team.
- Demonstrate knowledge of organisational systems and structures that support the development of professional teams and sound and ethical management of early childhood services in selected settings.
- Identify appropriate management strategies including conflict resolution and problem solving techniques for successfully working in early childhood contexts.
- Identify effective strategies for developing and implementing policies that guide the roles and responsibilities of professional teams.
- Provide evidence of attaining acceptable standards of academic, professional and personal spoken and written English language literacies relating to this unit.
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