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February 19th, 2024 

Celebrating Early Childhood Leadership – Two International Awards Sponsored by the International Leadership Research Forum (ILRF)

We are excited to announce the establishment of two special awards to celebrate research in Early Childhood Leadership across the world. Both awards are for early career researchers, defined as doctoral researchers working with their PhD research or employed as relatively new post-doctoral researchers.

Both awards recognise critical thinking and creativity of scholars working on early childhood leadership, and are aimed at fostering research leadership within our sector and beyond national borders. These awards are also aimed at encouraging innovative thinking and promote excellence in research that can strengthen theory-practice-policy connections.

At the ILRF Conference award ceremony, the award winners will:

  •  receive an international certificate of achievement
  •  be invited to submit a paper based on their PhD research for publication in an ILRF Research Monograph 

Eligibility criteria for each award is described below. 

Award #1: ILRF Early Childhood Leadership Early Career Scholar Publication Award

Eligibility criteria: To qualify for this award

  • applicants must have been awarded their doctorate during the past five years (2018-2023).
  • submit a PDF copy of one publication that has been published in the last three years (2020-2023).
  • the publication can be a journal article, book chapter, or other peer reviewed written research output.
  • write a 500 word statement or submit a 5 minute video of  how the publication has  stimulated discussion by addressing the judging criteria listed below.

Award #2: ILRF Early Childhood Leadership Doctoral Thesis Award

Eligibility criteria: To qualify for this award

  • the thesis must be for a full PhD degree awarded from 1 January 2020.
  • a copy of the examiners’ reports must be submitted with the application
  • applicants must submit a 1 000-word statement based on their thesis addressing the judging criteria listed below.

Judging criteria and the process for reviewing applications for both awards are the same.

Judging criteria: How does the publication or doctoral thesis

  1.   advance knowledge and understanding of early childhood leadership by making a contribution to theory, practice, research and/or policy? 
  2.   stimulate critical thinking  and innovation in researching early childhood leadership within their own country and/or world-wide? 
  3.   contribute  to improvements in policy and/or practice focusing on early childhood leadership? 

Process for reviewing applications

An International Panel of ILRF scientific members will be established to assess applications for both awards. There will be three steps as follows: 

  1.   Establish that applications meet the criteria for eligibility.
  2.   Assess each eligible application against the judging criteria.
  3.   Select one applicant to receive each award.

The International Panel may also request a copy of the full thesis and any additional information to assist in their decision-making.

Important: 

  • Applications will remain confidential throughout the review process. 
  • If the International Panel decides there are no applicants for the award that satisfies the judging criteria, no award will be presented.
  • The final decision of the International Panel will be binding. That is, following the announcement of the decision, it will not be open to appeal and there will be no discussion with unsuccessful applicants to justify the decision.
  • The Early Career Scholar Publication Award winner will be announced at the closing ceremony of the ILRF conference in 2024.
  • The winner of the Doctoral Thesis Award will be contacted early to enable the person to have sufficient time to prepare for a presentation at the conference.

Applicants can self nominate or seek support from their supervisors to nominate them by completing the required documentation. The ILRF conference organizing committee encourages supervisors and colleagues to propose applicants. 

Closing date for applications for both awards is:         31 March 2024

If you have any questions concerning these award applications, please contact: manjula.waniganayake@mq.edu.au

ILRF Award Application Form:

https://link.webropolsurveys.com/Participation/Public/b76497bf-215e-4240-bb20-073d126149fc?displayId=Fin2971217 

 


December 21st, 2023

ILRF EC 5th book (open access)  is now available!

Matshediso Rebecca Modise, Elina Fonsén, Johanna Heikka, Nkidi Phatudi, Marit Bøe &Thembi Phala (eds.) 2023. Global Perspectives on Leadership in Early Childhood Education. Helsinki: Helsinki University Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.33134/HUP-20

 


December 8th, 2023

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS IS NOW OPEN!

9th International Leadership Research Forum – Early Childhood (ILRF EC) Conference –  Leading High Quality Early Education in Complex Contexts

University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä, Finland   9th-11th September 2024

Hosting Department: Institute of Educational Leadership, Department of Education

Contact: Elina Fonsén, elina.k.fonsen@jyu.fi

ILRF EC aims to bring together people involved in Early Childhood Leadership Research, to create an arena for presenting current thinking on theoretical and empirical approaches. The conference also provides a platform for collaborative research, meetings and discussions on specific topics on ECE leadership. 

Presentations should focus on research that examines how Early Education leaders face multiple challenges such as the shortage of well qualified staff, and the impact of rapidly changing social, political, and economic developments, climate change and insufficient funding for Early Education. We welcome papers discussing innovative solutions to leadership challenges, reimagining theory and methodology.

Call for abstracts opens: 8th December 2023

Deadline for submissions: 31st January 2024

Abstract Acceptance Feedback: 15th March 2024

Abstract Submission Requirements:

Your abstract (Approx. 200 words) should include the title of the paper and 2–3 keywords. In addition, please provide all the authors’ full name and contact information, institution, and affiliation. The abstracts should be sent by https://link.webropol.com/s/ILRFEC2024


October 5th, 2023

The 9th ILRFEC conference in Jyväskylä, Finland September 9th-11th, 2024

International Leadership Research Forum – Early Childhood (ILRF EC) Conference 2024 – Leading High Quality Early Education in Complex Contexts

We are pleased to invite you to the 9th ILRF EC Conference in 2024. It will be held at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland between 9 – 11 September 2024.
Presentations should focus on research that examines how Early Education leaders face multiple challenges such as the shortage of well qualified staff, and the impact of rapidly changing social, political, and economic developments, climate change and insufficient funding for Early Education. We welcome papers discussing innovative solutions to leadership challenges, reimagining theory and methodology.

 

Call for abstracts will be sent shortly and the deadline for submissions will be 31st January 2024.

The abstract acceptance notifications will be sent by 15th March 2024.

We have some exciting new developments to celebrate Leadership in Early Education at the 2024 ILRF conference. Look out for information about two ILRF special awards in the near future.

 


July 6th, 2023

ILRF EC 5th book is coming soon!

Modise, M, Fonsén, E., Heikka, J., Phatudi, N., Bøe, M. & Phala, T. (Eds.) Global Perspectives on Leadership in Early Childhood Education. Helsinki University press.

Estimated publishing date 2023/2024.


May 3rd, 2023/6th July 2023

ILRF EC 4th book (open access)  is now available!

Fonsén, E., Ahtiainen, R., Heikkinen, K-M. E., Heikonen, L., Strehmel, P., & Tamir, E. (Eds.) (2023). Early Childhood Education Leadership in Times of Crisis: International Studies During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Verlag Barbara Budrich. https://doi.org/10.2307/jj.2430379

Read the editors’ interview:

“Throughout the book we learn what consequences the pandemic had on team relations and their communication structures” – 5 questions answered by the editors of “Early Childhood Education Leadership in Times of Crisis”

 


November 8th, 2022

ILRF EC 4th book is coming soon!

Fonsén, E., Ahtiainen, R., Heikkinen, K-M., Heikonen, L., Strehmel, P., & Tamir, E. (Eds.) Early Childhood Education Leadership in Times of Crises: International Studies During the COVID -19 Pandemic. Verlag Barbara Budrich.
 

Estimated publishing date 2022/2023.


November 8th, 2022

News from ILRF meeting in Azerbaijan

https://azertag.az/xeber/ADA_Universitetinde_Erken_yas_dovru_tehsilinde_liderlik_arasdirmalari_forumu_kechirilir-2270162

https://report.az/elm-ve-tehsil-xeberleri/ada-universitetinde-beynelxalq-liderlik-arasdirma-forumu-kecirilib/

 


August 22nd, 2022

ILRF meeting in Azerbaijan

International Leadership Research Forum – Early Childhood (LRF EC) Conference will be hosted at ADA University. ILRF EC Conference was hosted at ADA University 29th – 31th August 2022.

August 25th, 2022: See conference agenda


November 12th, 2020

ILRF meeting in Azerbaijan now in 2022

Due to uncertain global and local conditions, the ILRF meeting in Azerbaijan scheduled for September 2021 is postponed to year 2022.


May 5th, 2020

The 8th ILRFEC takes place in Baku, Azerbaijan in September 2021

The 8th ILRFEC meeting will take place at ADA University, Baku, Azerbaijan 23rd – 24th September 2021.

The organizer: ADA University, School of Education, www.ada.edu.az
Address: Ahmadbey Aghaoghlu str. 11
Baku, Azerbaijan, AZ1008
Contact person: Ulviyya Mikayilova, umikailova@ada.edu.az

More information and an abstract call will be issued in the fall of 2020.

Welcome!


April 3rd, 2020

 

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

International Leadership Research Forum and the Editors are happy to announce the fifth ILRF publication focusing on the different aspects of Leadership in the context of Early Childhood Education:

‘Global Perspectives of Leadership in Early Childhood Education and Care’

Editors: Dr Matshediso Rebecca Modise,  Prof Nkidi Caroline Phatudi, Dr Phala, Dr Johanna Heikka and Dr Elina Fonsén


August 19th, 2019

ILRFEC third free access publication is published!

Petra Strehmel, Johanna Heikka, Eeva Hujala, Jillian Rodd & Manjula Waniganayake (Eds.). (2019). Leadership in Early Education in Times of Change. Research from five Continents.

The book can be downloaded from our site!


May 15th, 2019

The 7th ILRFEC takes place in Pretoria, South Africa, in September 2019

The 7th ILRFEC meeting will take place at University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa 25th – 27th September 2019.

Welcome!


June 4th, 2018

The 3rd ILRFEC-monograph will be published in December 2018

The 6th International Leadership Research Forum Early Childhood (ILRFEC) took place in at the University of applied sciences in Hamburg, Germany from 3rd to 6th of September 2017 with 50 participants. Most of the papers of the conference will be published in the ILRFEC-monograph #3:

Petra Strehmel, Johanna Heikka, Eeva Hujala, Jillian Rodd, Manjula Waniganayake (Eds.) Leadership in Early Education in Times of Change. Research from five Continents.

The collection brings together the latest work of researchers from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and North America focusing on early childhood leadership matters. It covers different aspects of leadership in early education: professional education and development, identity and leadership strategies as well as governance and leadership under different frame conditions. National perspectives are added by international comparisons.

This book will be published in 2019. A paperback will be available from Columbia University Press.


September 1st, 2017

Articles of ILRFEC second publication

Manjula Waniganayake, Jillian Rodd & Leanne Gibbs (Eds.). (2015). Thinking and Learning about Leadership: Early childhood research from Australia, Finland and Norway

can be downloaded from our site!

To the articles >>


March 3rd, 2017

The 6th ILRFEC – CALL FOR PAPERS

6th International Leadership Research Forum Early Childhood (ILRFEC) 3rd – 5th (6th) September 2017 at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences in Germany Alexanderstr. 1 in 20099 Hamburg.

More information > >


September 11th, 2015

The 5th ILRFEC – CALL FOR PAPERS EXTENDED!

Call for papers for 5th ILRFEC meeting at University of Eastern Finland in Savonlinna, Finland 9th-11th December 2015 is extended to September 20th, 2015.

More information > >


March 9th, 2015

Quality Childhood Conference International 2015 (QCCI 2015) at The Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIEd) on 18-19 June 2015

All ILRFEC members are invited to participate to the Quality Childhood conference on June 2015. More information and call for papers >>


November 13th, 2014

The 5th ILRFEC meeting at University of Eastern Finland in Savonlinna, Finland 9th-11th December 2015

More information and call for papers >>


August 12th, 2014

Conference abstracts and presentations

Conference abstracts and presentations can be found from Conferences-menu >> choose conference.


June 10th-12th, 2014

ILRFEC meeting in Trondheim, June 2014

The ILRFEC meeting will take place at Queen Maud University College of Early Childhood Education (QMUC) in Trondheim, Norway 10th -12th June 2014.

The aim of the ILRF is to gather people involved in early childhood leadership research, and to create an arena for presenting leadership research.

Read more…


Articles of Researching Leadership in Early Childhood Education can be downloaded from our site! 

To the articles >>


December 9th-12th, 2013

An exciting leadership event is happening in Sydney on the 11th of December!

Macquarie University and Community Child Care Cooperative NSW has come together to host a research symposium based on current research on early childhood leadership matters.

ILRFEC 2013 Conference

Some of the most influential early childhood leadership scholars are amongst the presenters.This is a unique opportunity to listen to these scholars about their current research. It is the first time that so many early childhood scholars focusing on leadership matters are coming together in Australia.


August 26th, 2013

ILRFEC publication out now!

Our publication Researching Leadership in Early Childhood Education is now available! For more information please click here.