Saturday, January 16, 2016

Research topic for Early Childhood

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.


  1. Danielle,
    Your topic seems challenging. As much as the government wants to keep church and school separate, it still finds its way into the classrooms. Many of my students bring up how they attend church and the reality of God's existence. Perhaps there is some information that compares public preschool vs. faith based preschools. I have worked in both types of centers. I would find it interesting to see what you learn about this topic, as you walk through this journey.

  2. Danielle, I am already intrigued and I wish that I had thought of this. I do wonder if children from faith based homes and faith based schools have better behaviors. I wonder if they score higher in other areas, also. I think that this is a great area to explore. I hope you have better luck with finding more information and if I spot anything, I will send it your way. I think that you are finding some really good research questions that people will have an interest in learning.

  3. Danielle,
    I think this is a great research topic to study, though I can see the difficulty it may bring. I am definitely interested in seeing if there is a correlation to church attendance and behavior in school. I feel that even if it becomes challenging, it will be worth it in the end with the knowledge that you will gain.