Teacher leadership in early childhood education in China: Towards a theoretical understanding

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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to offer a theoretical discussion on teacher leadership in early childhood education (ECE) in China. Since 2010, the Chinese government has initiated a comprehensive education reform for promoting the quality of ECE. Teacher leadership has been used as one of the strategies in the reform. However, at the school level there is a lack of leadership preparation and development, along with a gap between policy initiative and its implementation. How to narrow this gap between policy and practice in teacher leadership has become a critical issue for ECE in China. This paper suggests that ‘formal role or informal role’ and ‘role or practice’ are important dimensions of teacher leadership in a Chinese, policy-driven context. In this regard, it is worth exploring how teacher leadership is conceptualised and enacted in the process of quality improvement and related contextual factors. In doing so, an agenda could be identified for future research, contributing to theories on the development of teacher leadership in the global discourse. Copyright © 2018 by author(s).
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2018

Citation

Ho, D., & Wang, M. (2018, June). Teacher leadership in early childhood education in China: Towards a theoretical understanding. Paper presented at the 2018 Clute International Conference on Education, NH Collection Barcelona Gran Hotel Calderon, Barcelona, Spain.

Keywords

  • Teacher leadership
  • Early childhood education
  • Education reform
  • Quality improvement
  • China

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