What school leaders are doing to support a culture of character: an exploratory study with preschools in Singapore

Carter, Margaret Anne, and Dasson, Merilyn (2017) What school leaders are doing to support a culture of character: an exploratory study with preschools in Singapore. Childhood Education, 93 (1). pp. 29-38.

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Abstract

This article discusses an exploratory study, reporting the practices of five principals leading character development in early childhood centres in Singapore. Acknowledging variations in leadership style, the pooled focus group findings show the common denominator is the principals’ paradigm of authentic leadership informing a service orientated culture. Insights into the practices of these principals identify meaningful ways of building and sustaining a shared vision of respect, connectedness, cohesiveness, trust, positive morale, care and courtesy built on the principles of integrity, trust, hope and love. Findings identify the contribution of five visionary principals working with character development in early education spaces in Singapore preschools.

Item ID: 48358
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2162-0725
Keywords: character development; Singapore; preschool; leadership, authentic leadership, principal
Funders: Archdiocesan Commission for Catholic Schools, Singapore
Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2017 05:30
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership @ 70%
13 EDUCATION > 1301 Education Systems > 130102 Early Childhood Education (excl Maori) @ 30%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9304 School/Institution > 930402 School/Institution Community and Environment @ 50%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9304 School/Institution > 930401 Management and Leadership of Schools/Institutions @ 50%
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