Saturday, June 23, 2012

Blog Assignment: When I Think of Research...

I have gained insights on how to design a research.  I have learned that research takes time.  It has to be prepared and cannot be thrown together.  The whole research process takes a considerate amount of time and patience.  When I first began this class, my concept of this class was that we would be doing a research paper.  I had the wrong conception of this class.  I have gained insight on qualitative and quantitative research design. I gained insights on mixed methods designs, direct observation, equity, which has power doing the research, making sure ethics are in the early childhood research process. I also gained insights on case study, interviews, and anecdotal record as I implement research in this field. I also gained insights on consent in the research process in regards to young children. From this, I gained a better concept of research and I feel that this class was a starting point for me as I pursue my educational and professional goals.

My nature of research has changed, because now I am more prepared to plan, design, and conduct research.  I understand now that it is a process that involves professionalism and respect.  I understand that there are four major paradigms which include positivism, interpretivism, structuralism, and poststructuralism.  I believe that I can better relate to interpretivism.

It is important to understand that research is a tool and, as with all tools, it is simply a matter of learning how to use it (Naughton, Rolfe, & Blatchford- Siraj, 2010).  I learned that you have to plan a research before you can just do research on a topic. I learned that you have to be knowledgeable about an issue before you can begin planning.  The design of the research should be ‘what’ and ‘how ‘of research, deciding whether the research will be experimental or non-experimental, the time, place, and persons of the research, the sampling process, and choosing methods of data collection and analysis.  In conducting research you have to be ethical and be prepared for the challenges that you may face. You must also make sure that the data collected is honest a will be beneficial to the early childhood field.

A challenge for me was the understanding of independent and dependent variables, as well as many of the terms that were outlined in the text.  I met those challenges by looking deeper in the text, by breaking the definitions down to basics.  I also encounter challenges with my research question.  I met this challenge by reading the text and gaining a better understanding of formulating a research question and revised my research question.  I also met challenges with the support and guidance of Dr. Davis through his evaluations and comments and by listening to the comments and suggestion of my colleagues.

My perceptions of an early childhood professional has modified because when I began this class I was not unaware of the planning, designing, and conducting research.  Now, I have a better understanding of research which has increased my knowledge in this field of study.  The fore, through this class and understanding of research I have enhance my professional growth over the past weeks.

Thank you all for your support and encouragement in this class. I wish you all success as you continue to climb the ladder toward your educational goals.


Naughton, G. M., Rolfe, S. A., & Blatchford- Siraj, I. (2010). Doing Early Childhood

Research: International Perspectives on Theory and Practice 2nd Edition. New York:

The McGraw Hill.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Research Around The World

The website that I chose to explore is The Early Childhood Australia website focuses on social justice, quality and equity for children ages birth to 8years of age.

Through exploring this website, I found many research topics in the early childhood education field. Research shows children who parents who talk less, means that through encouragement the child will talk more. A University of Sydney study has found children with well below average language skills performed almost as well as their normally developing peers just four months after their parents made a few simple changes in the way they interacted with them. (  I was very surprised on this research, because I thought that the more the parent talked the more the child language skills and speech will increase.

From reading the focal points of the articles, they have issues related to the budget; and how the government is dedicated to the educational sector of early child care and education.  The website also discussed research topics that include:

1. Learning and teaching through play

2. Respecting diversity: Articulating early childhood practice

3. Children’s Resilience:  Working with the Early Years Framework

4. Discovering letters and sounds

5. Aggression and young children

6. Babies: Good beginners last forever

Basically from browsing some of the research articles, it seems that this country is also dedicated to early care and education.  They are also dedicated to meeting the developmental needs of the child by doing research and observations on how to better meet the individual needs of the child.  ECA like many organizations is also focused on maintaining a budget that reflects early care and education.

I was not surprised of the issues that affect Australia, because it seems that the entire world has child development and well being of the child as a high priority.