Advanced academic skills and your major study

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This chapter presents an advanced academic skills into both assignment work and professional practice. A Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats analysis can help provide a structured reflection on the academic skills that practitioner have developed throughout practitioner’s degree studies. There are three broad categories of early year’s major studies: empirical research, literature-based research, resource design, development and evaluation. Empirical research approach involves the collection and analysis of primary data based on observations and experiences within early year’s contexts, for example, a setting or Forest School, or based on a group of children, or a particular child. Literature-based research approach involves the collection, review and critical analysis of a range of secondary literature sources to address a specific question or issue. An option becoming increasingly popular in early years major studies is the design, development and evaluation of an enterprise or resource. The chapter provides a substantial piece of independent research. It shows how to write a coherent major study.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvanced Work-Based Practice in the Early Years
Subtitle of host publicationA Guide for Students
EditorsSamantha McMahon, Mary Dyer
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781351181648
ISBN (Print)9780815396550, 9780815396567
Publication statusPublished - 20 Aug 2018


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