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My Early Childhood Research Focus



My research topic:

            What strategies can teachers and students use to support social and emotional deficits in young children in a classroom setting due to a lack of responsive and consistent care at home?


I choose this topic because I feel the there is a shift in the field of education and teachers are unprepared to support it. In my personal experience the over the years there has been a decline in the social and emotional stability of students at the earliest levels of the educational. I am a preschool teacher and this year was the hardest year of behavioral challenges in my 9 years of teaching. Teachers need more education on the variety of trauma that can cause this shift and just as important teachers need strategies to support children in a classroom. I have chosen this topic to support my professional growth and ability to support my student in all domains of education. I hope to provide reliable resources and strategies for my colleagues in the program I work, my community, and others in the field of early childhood.


Through my current course, Building Research Competency I am developing a stronger ability to assess the quality and validity resources on this topic. I am learning to better differentiate research-based resources from opinion and experienced based resources. Through this journey, I welcome any advise and resources readers may have that will support my efforts. I look forward to reading colleagues research topics and will support in any way possible.


Author: cstravato

I am a wife of 14 years and have two boys, one is 10 and an the other is 8. They are busy and keep us hopping. I have been a pre-school teacher for 9 years with a break in the middle to teach kindergarten in FL for three years, and I had the luxury of staying home with my two boys for a few years. I enjoy teaching pre-school age children it gives me great pride to help set a generation up to succeed in their school careers and life. I am currently going back to school to complete my masters degree in early childhood education at Walden University.

6 thoughts on “My Early Childhood Research Focus

  1. Hi, I am very interested in reading your research topic. Can you give some examples of behavioral issues you have experienced with children that are different from the previous year? I am think perhaps the ability to adapt to new environments or resilience in response to changes at home.


  2. Thank you for sharing topic. I am actually interested in a similar topic. I really enjoy learning more about emotional and behavioral issues in the classroom. Some of families that are dealing with this situation at home are always asking me for strategies to help better assistance the child at home. I am excited to research more about this issue so that i can share with my colleagues and families.


  3. Great topic! I cannot wait to follow your progress. Is it not sad to witness an increase of social and emotional deficits in young children these days? Sadly it seems to get worse instead of better. I think it will be a tremendous help for you to research such a topic and share with other educators. I for one know how you feel and also am not exactly sure how to handle such issues. I would be thrilled to be able to have something so helpful as your research.


  4. Hello! Your topic is a very interesting topic. I agree with you that this year seems to be an increase in negative behaviors in children. My organization is in the process of researching and implementing ways to improve the social and emotional development in our classrooms too. We are using Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning. Check out the website and see if there is some information that you can use. Best of luck to you! http://csefel.vanderbilt.edu/


  5. Wow! I can totally relate to everything in your post this week about your topic. I have chosen a similar topic, hoping to find research based strategies for early educators and families to implement to promote healthy social emotional development. I have chosen my topic as a result of needs among my own students this year. This year has also been my most challenging among behaviors and social emotional needs and I, too, want to continue to grow professionally in this area. I am so excited to share resources, articles, and outcomes, and am excited to hear what you find as well!
    Julie Ringle


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