In good hands: preparing research-skilled graduates for the early childhood profession

Myra Dunn, Linda J. Harrison*, Kennece Coombe

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Recent developments in early childhood teacher education have seen the inclusion of curricula designed to serve the concept of continuous professional renewal through educating undergraduates in the interpretation, execution, and use of research. The challenge for educators is to "demystify" research and teach in ways that are professionally meaningful as well as intellectually acceptable. In this study, we follow three groups of early childhood students as they engage in a one-semester research subject. Focus groups and individual interviews showed considerable shifts in student attitudes about the value of research and in their development toward becoming active researchers who see research as a tool for answering questions in education.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)703-714
Number of pages12
JournalTeaching and Teacher Education
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • teaching research
  • early childhood teacher education
  • professionalism


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