Research Methods in Early Childhood

Research Methods in Early Childhood : An Introductory Guide

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Packed full of even more examples of research methods in practice, this second edition now comes with a fantastic website giving you all you need to understand research methods in early childhood.

With new case studies and reflective tasks throughout, this bestselling textbook covers all you need to know about undertaking research in early childhood, including action research, ethics and doing your research project.

Online, you'll find:

- Quizzes to test your methods knowledge

- Free journal articles with accompanying activities to broaden understanding and develop critical thinking

- Useful web links as well as videos of the authors answering FAQs about research

If you are undertaking research in early childhood then this book is for you.


Penny Mukherji and Deborah Albon will be discussing ideas from Research Methods in Early Childhood in the SAGE Early Years Masterclass, a free professional development experience hosted by Kathy Brodie. To sign up, or for more information, click here.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 344 pages
  • 186 x 230 x 20mm | 619.99g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1446273695
  • 9781446273692
  • 98,070

Table of contents

Part I: Paradigms and Principles
Chapter 1: Positivist Research
Beyond Positivism: Interpretivism, `Critical' Paradigms and Post-Structuralism
Chapter 3: Ethics
Chapter 4: Listening to Children
Part II: Approaches to Research
Chapter 5: Surveys
Chapter 6: Ethnography
Chapter 7: Case Studies
Chapter 8: Action Research
Part III: Methods
Chapter 9: Observation
Chapter 10: Interviews
Chapter 11: Questionnaires
Chapter 12: Using Documents and Other Visual `Texts'
Chapter 13: Using Journaling as a Research Tool
Chapter 14: Creative Methods for Listening to Children in Research
Part IV: Carrying out a Research Project
Chapter 15: Research Design
Chapter 16: Reviewing the Literature
Chapter 17: Analysing and Presenting Data
Chapter 18: Writing up
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This book encourages budding researchers to understand the complexities and ethics around undertaking such work, through engaging with worldviews, methods, concepts and current issues alongside introducing methods and design around conducting research...Readers will love the interactive videos where the authors answer most frequently asked questions. -- Martine Horvath
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About Penny Mukherji

Penny Mukherji has been involved in educating students in the field of early childhood for over 20 years and during this time has developed a deep understanding of how to support students on their learning journeys. Penny has recently retired from her post a Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies at London Metropolitan University, where an important part of her teaching involved supporting both undergraduate and postgraduate students as they complete their research projects. Penny continues to be actively involved in the university with supporting students whilst they are completing their dissertations. With a background in health and psychology, Penny is an established author, with a special interest in the health and well-being of young children. Deborah Albon worked as a nursery nurse, teacher and manager in a range of early childhood settings for nearly 20 years. Her research interests are primarily around food and drink provisioning and play in early childhood settings. Deborah is widely published in this area and has also co-written Negotiating Adult-Child Relationships in Early Childhood Research with Rachel Rosen, which examines the 'messiness' of navigating research relationships in the context of early childhood settings. Deborah works as a Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies at London Metropolitan University, where she has considerable experience teaching research methods to both undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as supporting them with their dissertations.
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