The changing landscape of leadership in early childhood education in China

Choi Wa Dora HO, Mo WANG, Pan HE

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This chapter aims to offer a theoretical discussion on the changing landscape of leadership and explores the emerging practice of teacher leadership in ECE in China. In 2010, the central government of China introduced several waves of policies relating to teacher professional development to improve and promote the quality of ECE. The global discourses mainly developed in the West have indicated that school leadership plays an important role in promoting teachers’ professional development and the quality of education. These discourses have influenced the agenda for educational reform in China as reflected in the recent strategies formulated for the development of school leadership in ECE. Historically, ECE teachers have been viewed as babysitters rather than as educators, and preschool principals have been considered policy implementers and school managers rather than school leaders of innovation and change. This chapter discusses the changing landscape of school leadership in China’s ECE and how it is influenced by a hierarchical culture. It is argued that the practices of school leadership have been largely centralised in the hands of preschool principals, alongside of which there has been an emergence of teacher leadership co-exercised with principalship in home-school networks and teaching research groups. Copyright © 2019 The Author(s).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTeacher education in the 21st century
EditorsReginald MONYAI
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherIntechOpen Limited
ISBN (Electronic)9781789238648
ISBN (Print)9781789238631
Publication statusPublished - 02 May 2019


Ho, D., Wang, M., & He, P. (2019). The changing landscape of leadership in early childhood education in China. In R. Monyai (Ed.), Teacher education in the 21st century. doi: 10.5772/intechopen.84799


  • China
  • Early childhood education
  • Education policy
  • Leadership
  • Quality education


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