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Emphasizing Social Justice and Equity in Leadership for Early Childhood: Taking a Postmodern Turn to Make Complexity Visible

By Julie Nicholson

Emphasizing Social Justice and Equity in Leadership for Early Childhood


There is inherent complexity in a field like early childhood where people and their relationships are at the center of their work. Daily practices involve negotiating webs of dynamic relations, shifting contexts, value conflicts, and profoundly diverse family constellations and community and cultural environments.

This book, written by Julie Nicholson, formerly with WestEd’s Center for Child & Family Studies, expands the concept of leadership for early childhood, drawing on perspectives that value, and make visible, diversities and complex human experiences. Specifically, Nicholson:

  • Explores the social justice and equity challenges facing children around the world
  • Provides educators with frameworks and strategies for enacting leadership
  • Highlights the voices and experiences of early childhood professionals working in different roles and contexts

Resource Details

Product Information

ISBN: 978-1-4985-3551-9
Copyright: 2017
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 212
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

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Praise for this Resource

  • Nicholson’s text provides an alternative conceptual framework that captures the complexities of authentic local and global leadership and which has the potential to transform the field of early childhood education and care. With a clear focus on leadership for social justice and equity, this is a must-read for anyone interested in making the world a better place for young children and families.

    Debora B. Wisneski, University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • A fresh new look at how and why we need inspiring leaders that are essential for quality programs in early childhood education. Rethinking leadership around issues of social justice and equity are essential in contemporary times. This thought-provoking book stimulates rethinking our notions of leadership around issues of social justice and equity that will ensure that early childhood education can thrive in the 21st century on a solid foundation of children’s rights. Essential reading for students and practitioners to understand the complexities of effective leadership.

    Nicola Yelland, Victoria University