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Biography

Manjula’s expertise focus on educational leadership, early childhood policy especially on quality matters, as well as child and family diversity, and professional learning, mentoring and career development of early childhood personnel. For her contribution to the study of early childhood educational leadership, Manjula was awarded a Honoris Causa in Education by the University of Tampere, Finland. Manjula has been exploring the conceptualisation and enactment of leadership within Early Childhood settings for almost two decades.  She initiated the dialogue on theorising distributed leadership paradigm in Early Childhood settings, and this research continues to evolve through collaborations with Scandinavian researchers.

 

Manjula has an extensive track record of working in the Early Childhood sector in a variety of roles comprising being a classroom practitioner, a parent, a policy analyst, an advocate, a teacher educator, an academic writer and researcher. She has a deep knowledge of Early Childhood policy and practice built through teaching, research and active involvement in the sector for over three decades, including holding office in various community organisations including Early Childhood Australia and UNICEF Australia. Manjula’s continuing interests in cross-cultural research have been built through collaborations with colleagues from diverse countries especially those from Estonia, Finland, Malaysia, Norway, Singapore and South Africa. In connection with this work Manjula was appointed the Editor-in-Chief for Early Childhood Education by Bloomsbury Publishers. She is one of four international scholars who oversees the preparation of articles from around the world, for inclusion in Bloomsbury’s digital platform dedicated to Education and Childhood Studies (www.becs-bloomsbury.com).

 

External positions

Adjunct Professor (Docentship), University of Tampere

Sep 2008 → …

Visiting Professor of Early Childhood Research, University of Oulu

19981999

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Projects 2006 2020

Research Outputs 1986 2020

Practitioner and foster carer perceptions of the support needs of young parents in and exiting out-of-home care: a systematic review

Gill, A., Grace, R., Waniganayake, M. & Hadley, F., Jan 2020, In : Children and Youth Services Review. 108, p. 1-12 12 p., 104512.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Home Care Services
home care
Caregivers
parents
Parents
learning strategy
educator
learning
citizenship
childhood

Curriculum, pedagogy and assessment: a handbook for early childhood education

Ebrahim, H. (ed.), Waniganayake, M. (ed.), Hannaway, D. (ed.) & Modaise, M. (ed.), 1 Oct 2019, (Accepted/In press) Johannesburg: Pearsons Education.

Research output: Book/ReportEdited Book/AnthologyResearch

Enacting pedagogical leadership within small teams in early childhood settings in Finland: reflections on system-wide considerations

Waniganayake, M., Heikka, J. & Halttunen, L., 2019, Pedagogies for leading practice. Cheeseman, S. & Walker, R. (eds.). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, p. 147-164 18 p. (Thinking about pedagogy in early education).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

Finland
childhood
leadership
teacher
education center

Prizes

grant
China
art
teacher

Doctor Honoris Causa in Education

Manjula Waniganayake (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Honorary award

Finland
childhood
leadership
education

Scholarship

Manjula Waniganayake (Recipient), 2012

Prize: Other distinction

Workplace training

Activities 1983 2017

International Journal of Early Years Education (Journal)

Manjula Waniganayake (Member of editorial board)
Jun 2017 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work

Designing a series of webinars

Manjula Waniganayake (Other)
2017

Activity: Other

Bloomsbury (Publisher)

Manjula Waniganayake (Editor in chief)
20172020

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work

South African Journal of Early Childhood (Journal)

Manjula Waniganayake (Member of editorial board)
Jan 2017 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work

NSW Education Standards Authority (External organisation)

Manjula Waniganayake (Member)
May 2017Jul 2017

Activity: MembershipMembership of committee