Saturday, July 30, 2016

Research Around the World

When looking into the international websites and the research they conduct, it really isn't that much different than the research we do here in the United States, the only difference is the research is geared toward the culture and demographics of that specific country. Seeing as not everyone has the same philosophy when it comes to quality early childhood programs the research will be geared toward how that country operates their programs.

The website I visited was from the Early Childhood Development Virtual University Sub-Saharan Africa. I came across a research study that was using The Inclusive Quality Assessment Tool to rate the quality of childcare that children living in an orphanage in Zambia were receiving.  The one thing that caught my attention about this particular research was that my previous job required me to use the Environment Rating Scale Assessment Tool to assess the environment of child care facilities in my state, so that piqued my interest because it shows how similar tools and research are being used in other countries.  Another interesting thing was that they categorize their orphans by using the definition that UNICEF uses. Orphans are defined as children who have no parents but they also define what a maternal orphan which is a child who lost its mother and a paternal orphan who lost its father. Orphans are also children between the ages of 0-14 according to UNICEF.  In the United States we use the term foster children and that term can fall under any category.

Other research topics I saw were geared toward early childhood, indigenous perspectives of early childhood, involving fathers in early childhood, traditional childcare practices in African countries and building community leadership.  So from what I can see is that the research topics are similar to our own and it just shows that international research is just as important to our way of learning as it is across the world.

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