Doing Early Childhood Research
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"It is rare for any research methodology book to cover so much ground, and contain so many different kinds of resources between two covers."
Journal of Education for Teaching "As a guide for new and inexperienced researchers, it is second to none."
British Journal of Educational Studies Doing Early Childhood Research demystifies the research process. An international team of experienced researchers shows how to select methods which are appropriate for working with young children in early childhood settings or at home.They provide a thorough introduction to the most common research methods used in the early childhood context. Reflecting the multidisciplinary nature of much early childhood research, they cover a wide range of conventional and newer methods including observation, small surveys, interviews with adults and children, action research, ethnography and quasi-experimental approaches. They explain clearly how to set up research projects which are theoretically grounded, well-designed, rigorously analysed, feasible and ethically based. Each chapter is illustrated with examples. Widely used by early childhood researchers in many countries, this second edition of Doing Early Childhood Research has been fully revised. It includes new chapters on beginning research, mixed methods research, interviewing children, and working with Indigenous children, and also new case study chapters. It is essential reading for novice, initial career and experienced researchers.Contributors
Maria Assuncao Folque, Sue Atkinson-Lopez, Mindy Blaise, Liane Brow, Margaret Coady, Audrey D'Souza Juma, Anne Edwards, Sue Emmett, Susan Grieshaber, Linda Harrison, Alan Hayes, Patrick Hughes, Glenda Mac Naughton, Karen Martin, Sharne A. Rolfe, Iram Siraj-Blatchford, John Siraj-Blatchford, Louise Taylor, Teresa Vasconcelos
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Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 154 x 230 x 23mm | 725.75g
  • Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2nd edition
  • black & white illustrations, black & white tables, figures
  • 0335242626
  • 9780335242627
  • 24,256

Table of contents

IntroductionPart One: The nature of research

Research as a tool
The research process
Paradigms, methods and knowledge
Doing research as a beginning researcher
Ethics in early childhood research
Indigenous research

Part Two: Analysis and design

Design issues
Quantitative designs and statistical analysis
Qualitative designs and analysis
Equity and research design
Mixed-method designs
Designing to scale: When size matters

Part Three: The research process in action

Surveys and questionnaires: An evaluative case study
Interviewing young children
Interviewing adults in an Indigenous community
An ethnographic approach to researching young children's learning
Action research
Direct observation
Case study
Quasi-experimental research

Appendix 1: Getting our terms right
Glossary
Index
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About Glenda MacNaughton

Professor Glenda Mac Naughton is Director of the Centre for Equity and Innovation in Early Childhood at the University of Melbourne, Australia

Sharne A. Rolfe is Senior Lecturer at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, Australia



Iram Siraj-Blatchford is Professor of Early Childhood Education at the Institute of Education, University of London, UK
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