Doing Early Childhood Research

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 2010-07-01
  • Publisher: Open University Press
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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 StudiesDoing Early Childhood Researchdemystifies 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 ofDoing Early Childhood Researchhas 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

Author Biography

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, United Kingdom.

Table of Contents

List of tables and figuresp. vii
Contributorsp. ix
Introductionp. xv
The nature of research
Research as a toolp. 3
The research processp. 13
Paradigms, methods and knowledgep. 35
Doing research as a beginning researcherp. 63
Ethics in early childhood researchp. 73
Indigenous researchp. 85
Analysis and design
Design issuesp. 103
Quantitative designs and statistical analysisp. 127
Qualitative designs and analysisp. 155
Equity and research designp. 177
Mixed-method designsp. 193
Designing to scale: When size mattersp. 209
The research process in action
Surveys and questionnaires: An evaluative case studyp. 223
Interviewing young childrenp. 239
Interviewing adults in an Indigenous communityp. 261
An ethnographic approach to researching young children's learningp. 271
Action researchp. 291
Direct observationp. 309
Case studyp. 327
Quasi-experimental researchp. 345
Getting our terms rightp. 359
Glossaryp. 363
Indexp. 371
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