CONNECT modules are web-based, instructional resources for faculty and other professional development providers that focus on and respond to challenges faced each day by those working with young children and their families in a variety of learning environments and inclusive settings. The practice-based modules are designed to build early childhood practitioners’ abilities to make evidence-based decisions. They emphasize a decision-making process, realistic problems to solve, the importance of integrating multiple perspectives and sources of evidence, the relevance and quality of content, and feedback.
Each module includes five steps: 1. Dilemma. Consider a dilemma. 2. Question. Turn the dilemma into an answerable question. 3. Evidence. Consider key sources of general evidence (definition, research, policies, experience-based knowledge). 4. Decision. Integrate sources of evidence with different perspectives and unique contexts to make an informed decision. 5. Evaluation. Evaluate the practice decision.
Information is presented in a variety of formats including audio and video clips, and written resources. CONNECT’s materials are standards-based, strongly rooted in an evidence-based practice framework, and easily adaptable to the needs of multiple audiences and contexts. All are available at no cost.
Buysse, V., Epstein, D., Winton, P., & Rous, B. (2012). CONNECT Module 7: Tiered Instruction [Web-based professional development curriculum]. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina, FPG Child Development Institute, CONNECT: The Center to Mobilize Early Childhood Knowledge.