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November Authors of the Month: Sandra Cheeseman and Rosie Walker

We are very pleased to announce that our Routledge Education November Authors of the Month are Sandra Cheeseman and Rosie Walker!
Their book, Pedagogies for Leading Practice, showcases a vast range of experiences and ideas which are at the heart of professional practice.


What do you find most interesting about working in Early Years Education?
We find early childhood education endlessly absorbing and fascinating because of the diversity and complexity of the issues raised within the field. The holistic nature of early years encompasses many debates about how we work together as professionals to improve opportunities and life chances for young children throughout the world.
What do you hope that the reader will take away from the book?
We hope the reader will take away current international perspectives of key agendas facing early years at present and how good leadership can move these forward positively. The chapters provide practical examples of practice underpinned by theory and refection. The authors were encouraged to explore dilemmas rather than attempting to find solutions. This makes for thought-provoking reading!

If you had to sum the book up in one sentence, what would that be?

The book and the series explores a complex interrelationship between key features in the world of early education through the eyes of the child, those who educate the child , the communities the child inhabits and the education systems which purport to aid and protect their welfare.

What difficulties did you encounter in bringing together the experiences of professionals from around the world?
The process was actually quite smooth due to good planning and teamwork by all concerned with the volume. One of the biggest challenges was asking authors to keep to word count as there was so much to say!

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Sandra Cheeseman is a senior lecturer in early childhood policy, leadership and professional experience at Macquarie University, Sydney. She has more than 30 years’ experience as an early childhood teacher, director and senior executive in a range of early childhood settings and organisations. Sandra was a member of the core writing team which developed the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) for Australia and has since worked on a number of related research and professional projects, particularly in the areas of pedagogical leadership. Sandra is co-author of the book Leadership, Contexts and Complexities in Early Childhood and sits on a number of Governance Boards including the Australian Children s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA). She is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Raising Children Network a parenting resource website supported by the Australian Government.

Rosie Walker is Acting Head of Department for Children and Families, Institute of Education, University of Worcester. She has a career spanning over 40 years’ in working with children and families as a Social Worker, Child Protection Trainer, Guardian ad Litem and Children’s Centre Manager. She joined University of Worcester in 2010 and managed a Foundation Degree Partnership of 6 colleges before taking up her present post. She co-wrote Success with Your Early Years Research Project (2014) and co-edited A Critical Companion to Early Childhood (2015) as well as writing journal articles.