The influential website I chose to focus on is the European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA) http://www.eecera.org/
Upon reading more about the above association, I have seen they have an immense amount of research articles across all educational fields and not just in early childhood education. However, there were a few international early childhood educational research articles that caught my attention, namely:
- The Black baby doll doesn’t fit the disconnect between early childhood diversity policy, early childhood educator practice, and children’s play
This article explored how multicultural policy approaches, which mandate the inclusion of culturally and ethnically ‘diverse’ play materials in early childhood classrooms influence the pedagogical practice of educators and, in turn, children’s play and social interactions.
This article extends upon earlier research by exploring the concept of a networked dimension of teachers’ personal relationships and how they inform their perceptions of their relationships with children within a dynamic system.
Upon looking over this website and reading information in the website, I found it profoundly interesting and helpful to know that there is a website such as this, where one can have easy access to the latest research on early childhood education, it was encouraging to see that there is a section on the website called SIGS, which stands for Special Interest Groups. If you are a member of EECERA you can participate in these special groups. The educational groups you can be apart of and to name a few are:
- Birth to Three
- Mathematics Birth to Eight Years
- Multilingual Childhoods
- Outdoor Play and Learning
- Rethinking Play
It was also noteworthy to know that EECERA hold annual educational conferences around the world for their members on a variety of topics. Just recently a conference was held in Dublin, Ireland and the topic was HAPPINESS, RELATIONSHIPS, EMOTION & DEEP LEVEL LEARNING in Early Childhood Education.