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At your service 24/7: Preschool managers on their tasks and daily work
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies (from 2013).
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies (from 2013).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7438-0232
2018 (English)In: Early years, ISSN 0957-5146, E-ISSN 1472-4421, p. 1-13Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This article focuses on Swedish preschool managers’ views of their tasks and daily work: activities, conditions, challenges and ideas on leadership. Five preschool managers were asked to write diary notes during a couple of weeks at work. Through the analysis process, we were inspired by Yukl’s hierarchical behaviour taxonomy. The taxonomy divides leadership behaviours into four parts, task-oriented, relations-oriented, change-oriented and external. The taxonomy was used in terms of positions the managers navigate between, rather than considering them as being bearers of certain behaviours. Data indicate that these preschool managers mainly use the task-oriented and the relation-oriented position. We noticed that they also activate positions oriented to change and external contacts and network building, but to a significantly lesser extent. They solve all kind of problems and many of their stories are about how they strive to meet the needs of children, parents and staff.

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Routledge , 2018. p. 1-13
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daily work, diaries, Preschool managers, tasks
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Pedagogy
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Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-72341DOI: 10.1080/09575146.2018.1478392Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85048810865OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-72341DiVA, id: diva2:1321311
Available from: 2019-06-07 Created: 2019-06-07 Last updated: 2019-06-07

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