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ERIC Number: EJ782777
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0164-8527
Useful Research for Early Childhood Caregivers
Schweinhart, Larry
Exchange: The Early Childhood Leaders' Magazine Since 1978, n179 p20-23 Jan-Feb 2008
Scientific research is the systematic acquisition of knowledge by the scientific method. The scientific method begins with an idea, a hypothesis, about how things work. Next comes the systematic collection of evidence and the analysis of the evidence to see if it confirms or disconfirms the hypothesis. The more evidence there is that confirms a hypothesis, the more likely that this hypothesis is valid and true. When evidence does not confirm a hypothesis, it casts doubt on it. Calls to use research findings to make program decisions have become common in recent years. Federal grants programs have issued mandates to use research-based programs and practices, most notably with the Reading First Program for elementary schools and the Early Reading First program for preschools. This article discusses four general early childhood research topics--(1) brain development; (2) child development; (3) adult practices towards children; and (4) early childhood programs--and discusses their complementary perspectives. (Contains 10 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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