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    “How Can I Enhance Positive Leadership Skills in Young Children?”

    Coogan, Margaret (2022) “How Can I Enhance Positive Leadership Skills in Young Children?”. Masters thesis, National University of Ireland Maynooth.

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    This research paper is a self-study action research paper based on the title “How can I enhance positive leadership skills in young children?” The research site is a private preschool in Ireland. Fifteen children aged three to four years, their parents and four educators participated. Interventions introduced included persona dolls, new roles and responsibilities, books, and a leadership elf. A workshop was developed for the educators. Data was collected using anecdotal observations, focus groups, learning journals, surveys, and a reflective diary. Kolb's (1984) reflective cycle was used to reflect and build on developing and enhancing children’s leadership skills. Brookfield’s (2017) critical reflection theory was used to support the self-study element. Critical friends and a validation group supported reflections. Findings show the child's disposition, stage of development and learned values are important while the role of parents is paramount to the development of leadership skills in young children. Educators and the pedagogy of the classroom enhance those skills. Recommendations have been made for future practice.

    Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
    Additional Information: M.Ed. Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education
    Keywords: Enhance; Positive Leadership Skills; Young Children;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education
    Item ID: 17307
    Depositing User: IR eTheses
    Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2023 13:18
      Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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