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    Currently working on a study relative to attitudes, beliefs based on lived experiences of early childhood educators and how it impacts their encouragement of involvement with fathers in their program. I have been looking at several measuring instruments to use. The study will be qualitative and interview questions will be the source of collecting the data. Also, what variables (dependent/independent) would be recommended for such study? What I have selected is: Age, gender, race, marital status, level of education, parent gender of staff, early childhood job experience, etc.

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    Having reviewed your work so far, the question is - should we do something broad that would constitute much coverage and include a lot of ideas of interest in this subject or should we focus on particular aspects alone? The first one would cover a lot but would not over much insight - unless it is an overview of the topic that we want to cover which is quite acceptable, whereas the last is narrow but extremely descriptive - it will be a specialization of sorts of that specific topic. I would venture to use the latter option as this should be more adaptable to your challenges and I think, eventual path. Now, as I see it, you need some kind of structure to undertake with this study. Since you have really focused your work, let's follow a straightforward outline. I suggest:

    1. Introduction - what is the study about? 100 words
    2. Relevance of study (relate to personal challenges) - 100 words
    3. Hypothesis - 100 words
    4. Methodology, Instrument of measure & variables, theory - 200 words
    5. Research Questions - 100 words
    6. Operationalising the research - 100 words
    7. Analysis - explain the method - 100 words
    8. Data types & other applicable analytical methods - 100 words

    I think that this particular part of your study is about the ground work that you need to utilize. As I believe you are doing qualitative work, but focused on social constructionism, you will likely be utilising grounded theory. Just let me know if you need further clarification. This is only a suggested design. You can expand and adapt it to how you envision your research will go. Remember, this is your research so you should design it so it suits you - your time, your purposes, your resources. Using GT requires following the steps- variables are 'floating' as it is a case-perspective study. Just let me know via the feedback section if you need further clarification. All the best with your studies.

    Research Study Design: Early childhood educators & their work with Fathers


    This particular study has been designed so as to explore how the attitudes, beliefs based on lived experiences of early childhood educators impact their encouragement of involvement with fathers in their program. Early childhood educators (ECE) are among the many social agents that families at risk in the community - especially in the case of single parents or broken families - encounter and availed the help and services of time and again to assist in the development, learning and support of the needs of the family in relation to child rearing and child development. According to Seifert (2004). "Cognitive development of young children can be affected by early childhood programs...early childhood education is not about young children as such, but about how teachers and children form relationships that mutually influence each other and that especially influence children." Knowing how the social system works - where in a social interaction everyone influences one another, then the notion that the background and socialization of an ECE will influence his or her work is acceptable. ECEs are experts; their ...

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    The solution provides the student with advise as to how to undertake a grounded theory study using the theory of social constructionism to determine if the attitudes, beliefs and socialization of early childhood education workers impact the way they do their work, especially in motivating fathers to become more proactive in their participation in programs for their children. Resources are listed for further exploration of the topic. A structure for the research is also provided, including methodology.