Early Childhood Education Research Group

Early Childhood Education Research Group

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The purpose of the Early Childhood Research Group is to explore issues and challenges related to quality early care and learning.  Literature review indicates increasing pressure for exhibiting academic achievement for 2-5 year-old children attending child care programs.  Challenges resulting in a negative impact on the early childhood community include the following:
  • Child care programs are the overlap between public schools and preschool programs;
  • Lack of knowledge about child growth and development;
  • Inadequate training; and
  • Increase in developmentally inappropriate practices
 
As the early childhood community, particularly child care centers, is becoming increasingly similar to K-12 programs, Dr. June Cade invites participation in research exploring challenges faced by stakeholders.   Dr. Cade is currently completing a qualitative research study, "Quality Early Care and Learning:  Exploring Child-Ownership Pedagogy - A Qualitative Multi-case Study."  The study is designed to explore the following:
  • Child care directors’ perceptions about quality early care and learning within public and private child care centers; and
  • How child-focused pedagogy relating to children’s interests and capabilities within children’s ZPD is integrated into process features as part of classroom pedagogy.
Please contact Dr. Cade to learn more about participating in her current study.  Upon conpletion, Dr. Cade plans to launch an action research project and welcomes collaboration with like-minded researchers on this and other studies.