Full Title:Introducing Evidence-Based Practice in Early Childhood
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:EDUC N7015
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2019/20 ( June 2019 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:Early childhood professionals are expected to provide programmes that are based on the best available evidence. This module introduces early childhood professionals to the concept of Evidence Based Practice. Students develop skills in appraising the best available national and international evidence that can be used to improve practice outcomes.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of Evidence Based Practice and explain the relevance of Evidence Based Practice to the field of early childhood studies.
  2. Discuss the process of Evidence Based Practice
  3. Identify, review and appraise appropriate evidence from the literature on an identified Early Childhood Studies issue.
  4. Propose recommendations for change relating to Early Childhood Studies issue after engaging in the evidence based practice process.
  5. Explain the barriers and facilitators to Evidence Based Practice.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Evidence Based Practice defined
Definition of Evidence-Based Practice (EBP). Relevance of EBP to the field of early childhood studies. Process of EBP. Impact of EBP in guiding quality practice.
Engaging in the process of Evidence Based Practice
Identifying practice problems and formulating questions. Sourcing and accessing evidence in the literature. What counts as evidence, levels/hierarchy of evidence? Critical appraisal skills, Critical thinking, Evaluative skills, Interpreting research findings, rating evidence, Evaluating Evidence Based Practice initiatives.
Change in Practice
Applying research knowledge. Implementing research findings in practice. Suggesting implications of research finding on practice.
Structure of academic research papers. Communicating own evaluations of literature effectively. Annotated bibliography.
Barriers and Facilitators
Exploring the barriers and facilitators to implementing Evidence in Practice in the service.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%

Part Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Reflective Journal Engage in a series of reflective practice entries that are linked with modules from AECS Programme. This will include a cyclical process and also peer review reflection 1,2,5 30.00 0 0 n/a 0
Other Students will identify an issue of relevance/practice of interest in their own work. They will conduct a literature search around this and present key sources in the form of an annotated bibliography. They will then draw on these to make practical recommendations to address the issue. 2,3,4 70.00 0 0 End-of-Semester 0
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
No repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will be offered solely on the basis of coursework and a repeat examination will not be offered.
Reassessment Description
There will be an opportunity to repeat the project.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

This course has no Full Time workload.
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Practical workshop 3.00 Once per semester 0.20
Directed Reading No Description 2.50 Every Week 2.50
Independent Study No Description 5.00 Every Week 5.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 8.70
Total Weekly Contact Hours 1.20
Recommended Book Resources
  • Buysse, V. And Wesley, P. (Eds) 2006, Evidence-Based Practice in the Early Childhood Field, Zero to Three Washington
  • Greig, A.D., Taylor, J. And MacKay, T 2012, ) Doing Research with Children: A Practical Guide, 3rd.ed Ed., SAGE Publications Ltd London
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Bick, D. And graham, I.D. (Eds) 2010, Evaluating the Impact of Implementing Evidence-Based Practice, Wiley-Blackwell Chichester
  • Clifford, C., and Clark, J. E. (eds) 2004, Getting Research into Practice. A Health Care Approach, Churchill Livingstone London
  • Hack. L and Gwyer, J. 2013, Evidence into Practice: Integrating Judgment, Values, and Research, F.A. Davis Company Philadelphia
  • Hall, H.R. and Roussel, L.A. 2012, Evidence-Based Practice, MA Jones & Bartlett Learning Burlington
  • Hammer, S. and Collinson, G. 2005, Achieving Evidence-Based Practice: A Handbook for Practitioners, 2nd Ed., Bailliere Tindall Oxford
  • Hart, C. 2001, Doing a Literature Search: A comprehensive guide for sciences, Sage Publications London
  • Holmes. G.R. 2011, Doing Your Early Years Research Project: A Step by Step Guide, 2nd.ed. Ed., SAGE Publications Ltd London
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_NNAEC_7 Bachelor of Arts in Applied Early Childhood Studies 5 Mandatory