This Assessment constitutes a Performance Task in which you are

This Assessment constitutes a Performance Task in which you are asked to evaluate various sources of information related to a topic in the early childhood field. You will choose a topic from the options below, evaluate the credibility of both scholarly and Internet sources, analyze ethical guidelines, and synthesize your findings.

Access the following to complete this Assessment:

You will evaluate research related to your chosen topic and write a 5- to 7-page response using the template provided.

Topic Options: choose only one from below.  

  • The use of technology in early childhood programs
  • Dual language instruction in early childhood programs
  • Inclusion within the early childhood environment
  • Childhood obesity prevention strategies

Part I: Evaluating Credible Scholarly Sources

Select three peer-reviewed journal articles that relate to your chosen topic, at least one of which contains a research study. For each article you select, enter the following information in the template:

·  APA citation

·  Summary of the article including a description of the research topic and an overview of the research findings (1 paragraph) 

·  Evaluation regarding the validity and credibility of the source, explaining how you evaluated the source to determine whether it is valid and credible (1 paragraph)

APA citation for Article 1:
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Summary of Article 1:
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Evaluation of the validity and credibility of Article 1:
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APA citation for Article 2:
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Summary of Article 2:
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APA citation for Article 3:
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Summary of Article 3:
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Evaluation of the validity and credibility of Article 3:
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Part II: Evaluating Credible Internet Sources

Select two Internet sources that relate to your chosen topic. For each Internet source you select, enter the following information in the template:

·  APA citation

·  Summary of each internet source, a description of the topic and an overview of the information presented (1 paragraph) 

·  Evaluation regarding the validity and credibility of the source, explaining how you evaluated the source to determine whether it is valid and credible (1 paragraph)

APA citation for Internet Source 1:
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Summary of Internet Source 1:
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Evaluation of the validity and credibility of Internet Source 1:
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APA citation for Internet Source 2:
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Summary of Internet Source 2:
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Evaluation of the validity and credibility of Internet Source 2:
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Part III: Adhering to Ethical Guidelines

In 1–2 pages, describe the ethical guidelines for conducting research studies in early childhood. Then, choose one of the sources (you selected in Part I) that contains a research study, and explain how the methodology in the article adheres to the ethical guidelines for conducting early childhood research studies. 

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Part IV: Synthesizing Sources of Information

Provide a 2- to 3-page synthesis of the sources you evaluated that provides an overview of the most current findings related to your topic. Explain why credibility, validity, ethical guidelines, and accuracy are all important in regard to your research topic and to any research within the early childhood field. 

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Resources that you can use. APA format.

·  Strain, P. S., & Dunlap, G. (2006). Recommended practices: Being an evidence-based practitioner. Retrieved from https://cainclusion.org/resources/tp/materials/resources-and-background-materials/other-resources/recommended-practice-handouts/rph_practitioner.pdf

·  University of British Columbia. (n.d.). Evaluating information sources. Retrieved from http://help.library.ubc.ca/evaluating-and-citing-sources/evaluating-information-sources/

·  Cornell University Library. (2020). Critically analyzing information sources: Critical appraisal and analysis. Retrieved from https://guides.library.cornell.edu/critically_analyzing

·  Purdue Online Writing Lab. (n.d.). Using research and evidence. Retrieved July 26, 2020, from https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/general_writing/academic_writing/establishing_arguments/research_and_evidence.html

·  University of Saskatchewan. (2015). How to evaluate information sources. Retrieved from http://libguides.usask.ca/EvaluateInformation

·  University of Southern Maine. (2021). Checklist for evaluating web resources. Retrieved from https://usm.maine.edu/library/checklist-evaluating-web-resources

·  CCCOnline Library. (2021). Research toolkit: 6c: Five criteria for evaluating web pages. Retrieved from https://ccconline.libguides.com/c.php?g=242135&p=8263198

·  Walden University Library. (2021). Evaluating resources: Websites. Retrieved from https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/library/evaluating/websites

·  Walden University Library. (2021). Reference list: Overview. Retrieved from https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/writingcenter/apa/references

·  Alderson, P., & Morrow, V. (2011). The ethics of research with children and young people: A practical handbook (2nd ed.) Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications. Retrieved from Walden Library: Chapter 1, “Planning the Research: Purpose and Methods” (pp. 11–23).

·  Bell, N. (2008). Ethics in child research: Rights, reason and responsibilities. Children’s Geographies, 6(1), 7–20. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/14733280701791827

·  Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD). (2021). Ethical principles and standards for developmental scientists.Retrieved from https://www.srcd.org/about-us/ethical-principles-and-standards-developmental-scientists

·  Shaw, D., & Elger, B. S. (2013). The relevance of relevance in research. Swiss Medical Weekly. Retrieved from https://smw.ch/en/article/doi/smw.2013.13792/

·  University of West Florida. (2017, August 10). Evaluating sources: Relevance. Retrieved from https://libguides.uwf.edu/c.php?g=215262&p=1419889

·  Walden University Writing Center. (2014). Synthesis. Retrieved from http://writingcenter.waldenu.edu/synthesis.htm

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