Becoming critically reflective about early childhood education: Australian educational leaders effecting change as street-level bureaucrats

Manjula Waniganayake, Margaret Sims

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Abstract

The political landscape of the early childhood sector in Australia has undergone significant changes in the past few years whereby its workforce has been brought into compliance by stealth with national laws and regulations, curriculum frameworks, and quality assurance processes in unprecedented ways. Market-driven forces are impacting the work of early childhood educators demanding accountability and compliance. Prior to the 1990s, the early childhood sector was characterized by “nice ladies who love children” (Stonehouse, 1989). Today, driven by a market-oriented productivity agenda, early childhood education (ECE) is a highly regulated and managed sector where professional practice is subjected to external and internal scrutiny.

LanguageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of international perspectives on early childhood education
EditorsJaipaul L. Roopnarine, James E. Johnson, Suzanne Flannery Quinn, Michael Patte
Place of PublicationNew York, N.Y
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Chapter17
Pages230-247
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781317203629, 9781315562193
ISBN (Print)9781138673021, 9781138673038
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Publication statusPublished - 2018

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Waniganayake, M., & Sims, M. (2018). Becoming critically reflective about early childhood education: Australian educational leaders effecting change as street-level bureaucrats. In J. L. Roopnarine, J. E. Johnson, S. Flannery Quinn, & M. Patte (Eds.), Handbook of international perspectives on early childhood education (pp. 230-247). New York, N.Y: Taylor & Francis. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315562193-17
Waniganayake, Manjula ; Sims, Margaret. / Becoming critically reflective about early childhood education : Australian educational leaders effecting change as street-level bureaucrats. Handbook of international perspectives on early childhood education. editor / Jaipaul L. Roopnarine ; James E. Johnson ; Suzanne Flannery Quinn ; Michael Patte. New York, N.Y : Taylor & Francis, 2018. pp. 230-247
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Waniganayake, M & Sims, M 2018, Becoming critically reflective about early childhood education: Australian educational leaders effecting change as street-level bureaucrats. in JL Roopnarine, JE Johnson, S Flannery Quinn & M Patte (eds), Handbook of international perspectives on early childhood education. Taylor & Francis, New York, N.Y, pp. 230-247. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315562193-17

Becoming critically reflective about early childhood education : Australian educational leaders effecting change as street-level bureaucrats. / Waniganayake, Manjula; Sims, Margaret.

Handbook of international perspectives on early childhood education. ed. / Jaipaul L. Roopnarine; James E. Johnson; Suzanne Flannery Quinn; Michael Patte. New York, N.Y : Taylor & Francis, 2018. p. 230-247.

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Waniganayake M, Sims M. Becoming critically reflective about early childhood education: Australian educational leaders effecting change as street-level bureaucrats. In Roopnarine JL, Johnson JE, Flannery Quinn S, Patte M, editors, Handbook of international perspectives on early childhood education. New York, N.Y: Taylor & Francis. 2018. p. 230-247 https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315562193-17