This semester has started off with a research competency course in my master's program. It's going to be a tough one for me, I can already tell.
This week we had to narrow down to a subtopic, of our choosing, to build a research simulation project around. With my background in children's ministry and early childhood I decided that I wanted to explore more of the importance of faith in early childhood. I wanted to focus on the effects of a teacher's faith in the classroom setting, but I'm having a hard time comping up with a specific question.
I'm also having a hard time finding research already done in concordance with early childhood and faith. There is a lot out there on faith in other areas but not specifically with early childhood. I think this is in part because people do not give young children enough credit in their understanding of God or spirituality. Personally I think they can understand way more then we think they do.
My subtopic will be, thanks to a suggestion from my professor, "do children who regularly attend church have better behavior reports in school?"
I'm starting to think that there is a void in information being put out about early childhood students and faith topics, even with as many Christian preschools that exist. This may be a good writing topic for me to pursue in the future.