The Theoretical Framework(s) That Guided the CHILD Project
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Is it possible to describe a single, unitary theoretical framework for a collaborative project with 10 studies from multiple disciplines? The 10 studies in the CHILD Project represent a wide range of epistemologies and methodologies that includes genetic and cellular within-child factors to broad, community-based policies and programs. Some of the studies drew upon quantitative data collection techniques while others collected and analyzed qualitative data. The studies also included a mix of traditional research designs, postmodern perspectives, gender, culture, methodological, and policy lenses. In this chapter, we describe how the CHILD Project as a whole created and drew upon an overarching theoretical framework, which enabled us to incorporate diverse conceptual orientations and different approaches to data collection, analysis, and interpretation.
KeywordsChild Care Center Early Childhood Development Family Child Care Proximal Process Family Child Care Home
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