Practice Development 3 - Action Research
This module builds upon the previous 'Research with Children' module and the Practice Development modules 1 and 2. In preparation for the Practice Development 3 the learner will be facilitated to examine the 'Experienced Practitioner' profile. The learner will be encouraged to evidence skills, knowledge and competencies required of an experienced Early Years Educator through a weekly learning journal.
The learner will also be required to design and implement a small-scale Early Years Educator action research project. GMIT through collective facilitative spaces will support the learner to develop the action research project as part of the third practice development module. These spaces will provide learners with a forum to discuss ethics, dilemmas and how the experience can inform on-going practice from the initial concept to fruition of the study.
The learner will demonstrate through the Action Research their ability to lead pedagogical practice.
Design and implement a small-scale Early Years Educator action research project.
To construct an understanding of integrating theory with practice as part of the research process.
Design an ethical framework appropriate for the conducting research about and with children.
Demonstrate the ability to reflect upon the research project to identify ways it may improve practice.
Demonstrate the ability to work autonomously as an Early Years Educator.