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Building Research Competency: The Final Reflection

When I first read the title of this course, Building Research Competency, I instantly became nervous and unsure how I would be able to make it through eight weeks of research. I had a preconceived idea of the course and honestly how daunting learning about research would be. Thankfully, I am able to say I made it through and learned a great deal, and it was much more interesting than I expected.

I found the style of the class worked well. Working on our own research project one component at a time, as we used the text and other resources to learn about a specific component made the process purposeful. This made the readings more meaningful and helped me make an immediate link to the new learning. Throughout this process, I had many opportunities to reflect on my research plan, my professional practice, and my personal perceptions of the early childhood field.

I have gained an enormous respect for the time and constant reflection researches must go through in order to think of topic, narrow it to a research question, conduct a literary review, choose a design, choose participants, methods of data collection, and interpreting result all while not loosing focus on ethics and equity. Research is not an easy nor quick process, it takes time to conduct research in a meaningful, ethical, and equitable manner. Although research is not an easy task, it is critical to the continuing to learn and understand more about the world, we live and how to we can make a difference.

Having gone through the research process with my mock research project I have gain confidence in readings others research. I now understand more of each of the component that make up research and do not feel so overwhelmed reading research. It is so important, professionals in the field of early childhood continuously read the latest research and reflect on their practice. I will now be more confident to stay current on research topics in my field and continuously reflect on how to improve my practice.

There were many times I stumbled to understand terms and concepts in the text or questioned my own thinking through reflection. I found when the terms and concepts in the text were not making sense I would research them on several web sites until they became clear to me. I also gained a great deal of clarity of terms and concepts from my colleges in the discussions and blog communications. Often hearing a college put the same information into their own words helped me better understand. I truly appreciate the time everyone put into their post and comments. I found comfort in colleges honesty of their struggles as well and the supportive environment.



International Early Childhood Resources



International Early Childhood Resources




 I explored the Early Childhood Australia: A voice for young children site, http://www.earlychildhoodaustralia.org.au/. The focus of this site is on early childhood education, care, and the right of children. They work to develop policies that affect young children. This is a great resource for educators and families to gain valuable information and strategies to implement on a variety of early childhood topics.

Newest Reports:

-State of Early Learning in Australia Report 2016 – This report provides information on the quality, participation, and affordability of early childhood education and care currently in Australia.

Current Inquiries:

-Productivity Commission Inquiry into the Education Evidence Base- looking at national approaches to collecting and using data for early childhood education and care to improve outcomes.

-National Quality Framework Review – Looking at the efficient and effective ways Australia is improving quality education and care.

-Reform of the Federation White paper – Documentation of government spending to improve transparency.

I was impressed with the extent of information this site offers in a variety of formats.

– Webinars

– Learning modules

– Social media channels

– Early Childhood Magazine

– ECA Voice News Letter

– Everyday Learning series

– Research in Practice series

– Australian Journal of Early Childhood Education

– ECA WebWatch e-newsletter

The parent section provides important information and strategies on real topics affecting parents of young children. Everyday topics that affect parents and children like, children’s health and nutrition, separation anxiety, sleeping, and transitions to school. I would recommend this site to educators and parents of young children.