Singapore University of Social Sciences

Research Methods for Early Childhood Education (学前教育科研方法) (ECL215)

Synopsis

Research methods for early childhood aims to equip students with concepts and methodologies of theories, principles and application of investigations in the field. Students will be introduced to quantitative and qualitative methods and the processes of formulating research questions, collecting, analysing and reporting data. This course emphasises the practical application of knowledge and skills in carrying out research in the context of early childhood education.

Level: 2
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every January

Topics

  • Overview of early childhood education research
  • Establishing topics and principles of research
  • Principles and application of relevant literature
  • Quantitative research methods
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Observations in early childhood education
  • Surveys in early childhood education
  • Experimental research in early childhood education
  • Empirical research in early childhood education
  • Case studies in early childhood education
  • Action research in early childhood education
  • Research data collection, analysis and reporting

Learning Outcome

  • Review literature to use them in supporting research
  • Examine the different research methods and use them to address appropriate research
  • Discuss and present findings of the research
  • Apply research processes of relevant designs and methods
  • Compare and contrast the strengths and weaknesses of different research designs
  • Employ a systematic evaluation of the research data
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