Emergence of child leadership through play in early childhood

Romana Morda, Manjula Waniganayake

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The main purpose of this chapter is to examine how young children aged between 4-5 years old enact leadership during preschool play. Studies that use a case study methodology are reviewed to illustrate the enactment of child leadership in a preschool setting. Thses case studies reflect on how the individual characteristics of a child (such as cognitive and social intelligence) and peer group characteristics (including power dynamics and the play environment) may predict the emergence of leadership during early childhood. The implications for early childhood practice, including strategies to develop leadership potential and manage children's play, will be discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPlay in early childhood education
Subtitle of host publicationlearning in diverse contexts
EditorsMarjory Ebbeck, Manjula Waniganayake
Place of PublicationMelbourne, Australia
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9780195569049
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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    Morda, R., & Waniganayake, M. (2010). Emergence of child leadership through play in early childhood. In M. Ebbeck, & M. Waniganayake (Eds.), Play in early childhood education: learning in diverse contexts (pp. 103-118). Melbourne, Australia: Oxford University Press.