Early Years Action Research Project
Posted 02 May 2009 - 10:59 AM
I have run loads of ideas round and round in my head about a topic for my foundation degree action research assignment.
At first I thought I'd look at the sustainability of the professional in the PVI sector - too broad
After several dead ends I have an idea!
would like to bounce this one around the forum to see if anyone thinks its a goer!
In early years settings we all use a range of signs and actions (recognised or self-developed) in our interactions with young children. In my setting we have often used Makaton with children with additional needs and even though we have no children on roll at present who "need" to use Makaton we still, as a regular practice, sing songs using our "talking hands".
I am thinking about using my action research assignment to determine whether there is a place for using and teaching sign language as an everyday second language for all the children in the setting and am particularly interested in seeing whether by doing this we improve our practice in respect of including the child's voice.
A quick flick around t'internet shows a little mainly american research - so there is something out there!
Would welcome any feedback on whether you thinks this is a viable project.
Thanks in anticipation.
Posted 02 May 2009 - 11:11 AM
Whether it is too broad though as a research project I have no idea.
Children are like snowflakes, each one is an individual.
Posted 02 May 2009 - 12:50 PM
i think this is a brill idea!! i am a SALT (but work in a day nursery) and have always believed that using signs helps children's speech and language develop...i have recently introduced baby signing in our nursery. all the staff have been trained and we are starting to use the signs....its been about 5 weeks now and some of the babies are already signing back. would be great to see what you find
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Posted 03 May 2009 - 07:59 AM
I don't know how long programmes stay on the teachers tv website, but quite a while ago now I watched a programme about a primary school where all staff use Makaton right the way through the school. It was a really interesting programme and would definately support your project, the programme probably refers to some research that you could use as well.
Posted 03 May 2009 - 11:47 AM
Have watched it and gained loads of info and pointers to various theorists as well!! Result!
Have also passed on link already as it discussed Cued articulation.
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