The purpose of this study is to address the literature gaps in previous studies by conducting focus group interviews on public, private, and family care-based programs.
The research questions include investigating the fundamental early learning experiences of early childhood educators. The research also investigates how such experiences differ within and across early childhood learning settings.
The grounded theory was the research design.
The site for the study included Focus groups. The researchers chose this site because they allowed respondents to discuss their beliefs openly and freely, enabled the interviewers to understand complex issues, and allow respondents to control the content and direction of the research. The research had 75 participants who came from public, private, and family care-based programs. They included female (93%), teachers (39%), family-based owners (38%), teacher aides (16%), teacher-directors (1%), and program administrators (3%). 65 % of the participants had no degrees. They also included 19% non-Hispanic whites, 53% Hispanics, 12% non-Hispanic blacks, and 5% Asian/Pacific Islander (Lara-Cinisomo et al., 2009). The researchers invited individuals to participate voluntary and conducted focus groups to sample the participants.