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.


  1. Hello Comesha!

    I saw that as well. The way we conduct research and the way other countries do their really isn't any different. The website that I chose "Early Childhood Australia" did have some very insightful and interesting researches that I found to be very help in what you can research.

  2. Hi Comesha,

    I enjoyed reading your post, and it was very interesting. It's good to know that Africa is using The Inclusive Quality Assessment Tool to assess children. We are also using the Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale. At least it is a similarity, and an assessment is conducted. I think every program should have a way to assess children in order to provide a high-quality program. It is better for children and their families.

  3. Hi Comesha,
    Great blog! I too noticed that there is not much difference in how we conduct research. I did not look into this organization, but chose Early Childhood Australia and found out great things about them. Your blog post was very interesting and I learned a lot.

  4. Hello Comesha,
    I too chose Early Childhood Development Virtual University Sub-Saharan Africa. I was interested to see whether or not there were similarities in research topics or just the interests that exist in early childhood education that extends beyond the borders. I was not surprised to see that there is also a desire for parental involvement.
    In my post I attempted to focus on the parental training leading to parental engagement and involvement within the research presented. This is obviously a worldwide issue of concern as well, truly the involvement of parents early in their child’s education to important.
    Being that I am new to the ECF and have not have the opportunity to use any assessment tools, I looked up the Environment Rating Scale Assessment Tool and I can understand why it would be beneficial and quite useful. I really enjoyed reading your post, it was very enlightening as well as educational.