Wow, research! While I love to read research journal articles, the thought of doing research myself is overwhelmng. The large general topic I chose to investigate is the social and emotional development of young child. I believe that this huge part of a child's development is being pushed farther away from the classroom as we make room for more academics. But it worries me to consider what the long term consequences will be for children who are forced to be "school-ready" by age 5 when their not yet done developing the skills necessary to be sucessful in the school environment.
By subtopic for this assignment is how teacher role-modeling and encoragment of prosocial behavior affects the child's behavior. I feel that you get the behavior that you pay attention to. If early education teachers are actively modeling and encouraging things like, kindness and respect for other, the children will emulate those behaviors. For my research, I want to find out if that belief is accurate.
I am a little nervous about this class, as it is definelty out of my comfort zone. Someone once told me, I don't wish you pain, but I wish you growth. So here's to growing and becoming competent in the research process!