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Introduction to Research in Early Care & Education (ECE 401)


Course Details

  • Location: Online
  • Duration: 11 weeks
  • Times: Flexible

Next Start Date:

September 29, 2021

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About this Course

Improvements in early childhood education practices and policies depend on sound, research-based recommendations. This course focuses on the kinds of knowledge, ways of knowing and modes of inquiry relevant to working with young children and their families. You'll develop a basic understanding of research methods through an in-depth look at key studies in early care and education (ECE). You'll learn how to find, read, understand and critically evaluate ECE research. You'll also read, discuss and write about academic studies in order to become familiar with fundamentals of academic research.

Designed For

Students pursuing careers in early care and education who want to develop skills in and practice finding, reading and summarizing academic research.

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What You’ll Learn

  • How to identify and describe research design, sampling, data collection and interpretation, and application of results
  • Key research questions and methodologies in ECE
  • How to summarize and evaluate ECE research literature
  • Techniques for showing how research, policy and practice are connected in ECE
  • How to compare and describe the purposes and processes of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies

Learning Format

Online, Group-Paced

Start and finish your course with the same group of students, with frequent opportunities to interact with your instructors and classmates along the way. This course is 100 percent online, with set due dates for assignments but no class meetings. Learn More »

Course Sessions

Online, Group-Paced

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