How can the use of action research improve early childhood education practice?

Reflection on Action Research

Now that you have learned more about both action research and scientifically based research, take time to reflect on how these different types of research can help you, your early childhood program or organization, and those you serve. Your reflection will indicate what you have learned in this course, how you will apply this knowledge in the future, and its significance in your professional life.

Course Objectives

 Describe action research, its process, and relationship to practice.

 Link ethical considerations to action and other forms of research.

 Relate research, evidence-based practices, and effective leadership.


 Review the Module 5 Reflection PDF.

 Create a Word or text document for your response. Use 12-point Arial or Times New Roman font. Follow APA (6th edition) format.

 Create a title page and references page in APA (6th edition) format.

 Provide appropriate references and citations from articles in the course or your own research in APA (6th edition) format.

 Use the guiding questions/prompts to stimulate your thinking and guide your writing.

o How can the use of action research improve early childhood education practice?

o How does scientifically based research intersect with action research? Why is this important?

o How would your early childhood program or organization change if decisions were based on action research?

o What are key situations that using research-based decision making would help? Provide an example specific to your situation.

o Why are data collection and analysis critical to action research and decision making?

o What obstacles interfere with using action research to improve early childhood practice? How can they be overcome?

o What ethical considerations impact the use of action research for decision making in your early childhood program or organization?

o What can you do to implement the use of action research for decision making and improvement in your early childhood program or organization?

 Follow the directions to submit your final Word or text document


Answer Preview……………

Reflecting on my early childhood program and what I learned through my action study project have had positive implications on my education practice and exceeded my anticipations. I have experienced a significant amount of growth in the way I oversee my work, relate with peers, and knowledge in general. I believe that with action research, one is set to take up any challenge that they experience in the education practice to bring about change. In early childhood education, action research can help to improve the conditions under which educators and students learn. Action research offers educators with knowledge about how to resolve classroom and school challenges. Action research enhances the education practice by promoting professional development and students’ achievement (Ulvik, Riese,  & Roness, 2017)…………..

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