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EDEC 2383 Early Childhood Education  

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  • ERIC (EBSCO)  
    Educational index of research documents, journal articles, technical reports, program descriptions and evaluations, and curricular materials. Consists of the print indexes Resources in Education (RIE) and the Current Index to Journals in Education (CIJE)

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Search with synonyms and related words.

  • In addition to play, also search on playing.
  • In addition to learning, search on education.

Truncate terms for variant endings.

  • Use an asterisk (*) in most databases.
  • theor* will find theory and theories.
  • child* will find childhood, children, child, childish, and childlike.
  • Our catalog uses ? to truncate; a few databases may use other symbols

Quotation marks keep phrases together.

  • Searching in ERIC for learning theories with play* finds all 2,446 results that include learning and include theories and include play*.
  • Searching for "learning theories" with play* finds only the 479 results with the exact phrase "learning theories" (that also include play*).

Subject terms can focus results.

  • ERIC: Drop-down field on Advanced Search.
  • ERIC: "Refine Results" Subject section to the left of search results
  • ERIC: Thesaurus


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    Key Concepts

    Some concepts or names to research in conjunction with relevant learning theories:

    • Montessori
    • John Locke
    • John Dewey
    • Friedrich Froebel
    • High/Scope

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