Title

Christian Early Childhood Leadership: Relational Values and Practices

Author Faculty (Discipline)

Education

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-2022

Early Online Version

2-7-2022

Journal

Journal of Research on Christian Education

Volume Number

31

Issue Number

1

Page Numbers

1-20

ISSN

1934-4945

Embargo Period

11-1-2023

ANZSRC / FoR Code

3903 Education systems

Avondale Research Centre

Christian Education Research Centre

Reportable Items (HERDC/ERA)

C1

Abstract

Using the tools of constructive grounded theory, this research investigated the relational values and practices implemented by Christian early childhood leaders. Data was collected through a survey-questionnaire from leaders in Christian early childhood centres in New South Wales, Australia as well as four in-depth case studies using semi-structured interviews, observations and document analysis. The findings showed that these leaders placed their relationship with God at the centre of everything they did. Based on this relationship they implemented six relational values of accepting, welcoming, loving, respecting, empathising and caring. These Christian values were then reflected in their daily relational practices, and were identified as empowering others, supporting others, modelling authenticity, providing social justice, ministering, helping and serving.

Link to publisher version (DOI)

https://doi.org/10.1080/10656219.2022.2033653

Peer Review

Before publication

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