An Investigation into Teachers’ Beliefs and Practices
Chapter 3: Research Model
87 Chapter 3: Research Model None of the talents, which are hidden like buried treasure in every person, must be left untapped. These are, to name but a few, memory, reasoning power, imagination, physical ability, aesthetic sense, the aptitude to communicate with others, and the natural charisma of the group leader. All of this goes to prove the need for greater self-knowledge. Fryer The purpose of this chapter is to present the research problems identified in the literature review, to unfold the research questions in the current work, and to construct the research model investigated and analyzed in the following chapters with the use of the research data. 3.1 Research Problems Three research problems were identified from the literature review of studies on teachers’ beliefs and practices in the field of early childhood education: Society in general, and educational researchers in particular, have long been interested in children’s academic achievement. A plethora of empirical studies in educational psychology has stressed the importance of children’s academic achievement and investigated how intuitively appealing factors for researchers such as the socioeconomic status of the child (Brooks-Gunn & Duncan, 1997; Caldas & Bankston, 1997; Coleman, 1988) and parental involvement (Chris- tenson, Rounds, & Gorney, 1992; Epstein, 1991) impact on children’s academic achievement/success. It seems that in the current climate, the emphasis given to the outcome achievement of education is gradually corroding early childhood education. The “academic” nature of the curriculum in many pre-primary classrooms stands out as one of the major issues in early childhood education. The...
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