Projects

This is the section of the website where we will give you information about the projects that we sponsor through TACTYC funds. So far, we have been involved in four main projects, each of which is outlined below with links to the relevant texts.

2016/17:

Early Years Teacher and Early Years Educator: a scoping study of the impact, experiences and associated issues of recent early years qualifications and training in England. Professor Jayne Osgood and Colleagues from the University of Middlesex undertook this study which aimed to map the current training and qualifications context through a review of policies since 1997 and by presenting the debates generated in research literature and through media representations. By gathering empirical data the study aimed to identify the impact, experiences and associated issues with the newly introduced qualification pathways: Early Years Teacher and Early Years Educator. The research study set out to specifically address the following questions:

  1. a) What education and training is available in early years care and education? How do the different programmes on offer compare? How are programmes marketed? What are the intended aims of each programme?
  2. b) How does the training relate to experiences in practice? How do educators feel about the training they receive and its relationship to their in-work experiences?
  3. c) Which is the ‘best’ training route on offer to early years practitioners? How is ‘best’ defined given the processes involved and the outcomes achieved? How does training impact upon professional trajectories? What lessons can be learnt to inform the future of early years training?

The aims and questions were addressed through a small-scale, mixed methods scoping study that captured breadth (in terms of the literature and policy reviewed, range of participants included, and geographical coverage) as well as depth (detailed accounts about the experiences of delivering, receiving and enacting the training and qualifications under investigation).

PREVIOUS RESEARCH PROJECTS

2015: Two-year-olds in England.  Dr. Jan Georgeson and team from Plymouth, undertook an investigation into the provision of funded places for two-year-olds using four methods, addressing the following research questions:

  1. What does the research literature tell us about the dimensions of early childhood quality that are important for two-year-old children’s development?
  2. What are the current central and local government policy and frameworks and practices for supporting the two-year-old programme?
  3. What are the practices among settings providing funded early education places for two-year-olds? And who are the staff?
  4. What do key stakeholders consider to be the key components of quality for two-year-olds, and the successes and difficulties of providing this?
  5. What are the implications of 1, 2, 3 and 4 above for policy, practice, resourcing and provision in relation to the two-year-old early education programme?

The final report has been completed.  It makes fascinating reading and give many insights into working with two-year-ods.  We are delighted with the quality and robustness of the research undertaken by Jan Georgeson and her team. The project has resulted in a forthcoming book in our TACTYC Taylor and Francis Series and also Occasional Paper 6. Jan and Colleagues also presented on our two-year-olds research at the Nursery World Conference in July 2015.

2013/1416:  (ongoing): Collaboration with the BERA Early Years Special Interest Group (SIG) to produce some briefing papers to inform early years policies and practices. This has several parts and, as one document, we have now begun distribution to all those in government and elsewhere concerned with young children and their early education and care. The papers also incorporate a research agenda to guide future scholarship in the field. We are very grateful to all of our members for their involvement and support. The papers can be access by clicking on the links below.

UPDATE:  BERA TACTYC collaboration phase 2 update

The next phase of our collaboration is underway for completion late 2016/early 2017. This phase aims to produce an academic review of UK research evidence since 2003 and a professional user review. Theme leaders met at Winchester on 17th June 2015 to scope the process and agree an outline. The theme leaders will draw on the expertise of wider theme reference groups, who will help to review the work and contribute ideas for research evidence references. All will be acknowledged in the final document, which we anticipate being published as an interactive PDF, made freely available through TACTYC and BERA. For more information contact jane.payler@open.ac.uk

2012: School Readiness:  Dr. David Whitebread and Dr. Sue Bingham undertook a literature which proved to be a very extensive undertaking, information from which we finally presented at the House of Commons in November, 2012. The main outcome was Occasional Paper 2. We are also now able to publish the FULL REPORT for your information.

2011Reception Class research: we sponsored members of the TACTYC Exec and other invited people to collect observational data on reception classrooms to gain some idea of what children experienced, such as their daily routines, activities and contact with adults. The outcome of this research was Occasional Paper 1.


Published: March 29, 2016 | Print
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