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Research Plan

Early childhood trend for research

Provide a brief explanation of how your selected trend will support and improve own practice:

Integrating technology into the learning environment is beneficial for students as well as teachers by providing improved access, latest information and they can be accessed through any electronic medium, this was proven to be most beneficial for those students who had special circumstance and needs. Using technology had the biggest advantage of the special needs students as they could complete their task in accordance with their time and pace (McKnight et al., 2015). Technology lends supports to autistic children who face social and behavioural challenges. Technology is more beneficial in tis regards because they are targeted at these specific population of children, there is consistency, tasks are defined and instructions are clear (Hedges et al., 2018).

Use of technology by the teachers decrease time on collecting papers, tracking down missing or non-submitted papers, they were able to provide deep feedback and grading papers became more convenient (McKnight et al., 2015). A shift was noticed where the teachers had to focus more on guidance and answering the questions raised by the children (McKnight et al., 2015). An increase in the efficiency of teachers work was also noticed while providing the results of the children’s assessment and were able to better guide the students for answers rather than just answering them outright (McKnight et al., 2015).

Establish your research objective:

The main objective of this research is to ascertain whether technological interventions provide benefit for children in the Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Identify and list credible sources of data and evidence you will access as part of your research.


Journal / reports

Sources relevant to ECEC



1. Hedges, S. H., Odom, S. L., Hume, K., & Sam, A. (2018). Technology use as a support tool by secondary students with autism. Autism, 22(1), 70-79. https://doi.org/10.1177/1362361317717976

2. McKnight, K., O'Malley, K., Ruzic, R., Horsley, M. K., Franey, J. J., & Bassett, K. (2016). Teaching in a digital age: How educators use technology to improve student learning. Journal of Research on Technology in Education, 48(3), 194-211. https://doi.org/10.1080/15391523.2016.1175856

1. https://www.childaustralia.org.au/


Explain your planned systematic approach and methods to gathering information on your chosen topic.

A systematic review method will be applied to gathering information on integration of technology into the learning environment and supporting children with challenging behaviour (McConachie et al., 2015). PICO tool suits best for this research (Brown, 2020). The question is technology integration brings improved results with children in the Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Population: School Kids within the Autism Spectrum Disorder

Intervention: Technology added

Context: Useful of the technology methods added

Outcome: Performance of the children within the Autism Spectrum Disorder


1) Research papers published in English

2) Time period of publication: 2015-2020

3) Databases to be used: PubMed, Google scholar

4) Keywords for search:

a) Autism Spectrum Disorder

b) School Children

c) Integration of Technology

d) Efficacy of results

e) Improvement in results

f) Special needs children

g) Challenging behaviour children

h) Work practice at school

i) Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)

j) Applied behaviour analysis

k) App

References for Roses Reporting Standards for Systematic Evidence Syntheses

Brown, D. (2020). A review of the PubMed PICO tool: using evidence-based practice in health education. Health Promotion Practice, 21(4), 496-498. https://doi.org/10.1177/1524839919893361

Haddaway, N. R., Macura, B., Whaley, P., & Pullin, A. S. (2018). ROSES Reporting standards for Systematic Evidence Syntheses: pro forma, flow-diagram and descriptive summary of the plan and conduct of environmental systematic reviews and systematic maps. Environmental Evidence, 7(1), 7. DOI: 10.1186/s13750-018-0121-7

Hedges, S. H., Odom, S. L., Hume, K., & Sam, A. (2018). Technology use as a support tool by secondary students with autism. Autism, 22(1), 70-79. https://doi.org/10.1177/1362361317717976

Kopcha, T. J. (2010). A systems-based approach to technology integration using mentoring and communities of practice. Educational Technology Research and Development, 58(2), 175-190. DOI: 10.1007/s11423-008-9095-4

McConachie H, Parr J R, Glod M, Hanratty J, Livingstone N, Oono I P, Robalino S, Baird G, Beresford B, Charman T, Garland D, Green J, Gringras P, Jones G, Law J, Le Couteur A S, Macdonald G, McColl E M, Morris C, Rodgers J, Simonoff E, Terwee C B & Williams K. (2015). Systematic review of tools to measure outcomes for young children with autism spectrum disorder. Health Technol Assess, 19(41). https://doi.org/10.3310/hta19410

McKnight, K., O'Malley, K., Ruzic, R., Horsley, M. K., Franey, J. J., & Bassett, K. (2016). Teaching in a digital age: How educators use technology to improve student learning. Journal of Research on Technology in Education, 48(3), 194-211. https://doi.org/10.1080/15391523.2016.1175856

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