Motivational Leadership in Early Childhood Education / Edition 1

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Motivational Leadership addresses one of the most challenging workplace issues facing employers today: the ability to encourage employees' creativity, productivity, and long-term commitment to an organization. Studies consistently show that low employee morale and high turnover rates are common in early childhood programs and, in turn, affect the quality of services provided for children and families. Written specifically for the early childhood field, this resource respects and acknowledges the unique challenges faced in early education settings. It is written in a reader-friendly style and offers a wealth of everyday strategies and innovative ideas for motivating employee performance. The basic principles of motivational theory are explained in an easy-to-understand manner and practical ideas for increasing staff morale, encouraging quality performance, and retaining employees are discussed. Each chapter includes connecting points, case studies, and application activities to illustrate and reinforce the content. Quotes by notable individuals add to reader interest and emphasize the critical importance of motivational leadership skills. Additional references (books, articles, and web resources) are also provided.

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There is always a need to motivate and inspire those whom we count on to inspire our children. If the author is able to illustrate this through examples, humor and warmth-I think this will be most valuable. One can never have too much motivation.

The material seems to be organized in a logical manner. I think the case studies always help people to identify better and they are then more likely to use the techniques or information outlined. Im confident that case studies that have been taken from actual incidents will be universal to all those in this industry and easy to relate to.

From what I can see in the outline, this looks like a very thorough and relevant resource for early childhood education. Most Center Directors or management either use nothing or use something more suited to the outside business world and many applications do not apply to childcare. I think this resource would be very beneficial to them.

The authors writing style was clear and concise. It is appropriate for the audience and keeps the readers attention. I enjoyed the writing style.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781418018689
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 8/10/2006
  • Edition description: BK&CD-ROM
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,507,205
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Lynn R. Marotz, Ph.D., R.N., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Life at the University of Kansas. She also serves as the Associate Director of the university's Child Development Center. Ms. Marotz is co-chair of the Higher Education Consortium on Early Childhood Education. She is a member of the Stakeholder's Advisory Committee/Early Childhood Council, Kansas State Board of Education. She is also a member of the Kansas Early Care and Education Professional Development Initiative, as well as a member of the Early Childhood Professional Preparation Initiative. She is a council member for the Gateway's to Early Childhood Careers Project and serves as a board member for the Douglas County Child Development Association (NAEYC Affiliate). In 1998, she was a visiting scholar at Arizona State University and is a former finalist for University Employee of the Year (1997).

Amy Lawson is the Director of Child Care Services at the Seay Child Care Center of Presbyterian Hospital at Plano. She holds a B.A. in Human Development and Family/Early Childhood Education.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Role of Motivation in Early Childhood Programs Chapter 2: Early Childhood Settings: Unique Challenges in the Workplace Chapter 3: The Motivational Leader Chapter 4: It's the Little Things that Count: Everyday Ideas Chapter 5: Organizational Incentives Chapter 6: Conclusions

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