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Doing Your Early Years Research Project

Doing Your Early Years Research Project
A Step by Step Guide

Third Edition

July 2014 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Undertaking a research project can be a daunting task for early years students. This step-by-step guide clearly shows you how to organize and structure your project, write a literature review, interpret findings, and successfully present your research.

Bringing the whole process to life through practical examples and real case studies, the book is packed with summaries, key points, checklists, and discussion topics, encouraging you to engage with and reflect on your own work.

The Third Edition is fully updated to include:

  • New chapters on writing your literature review and structuring your final project
  • Increased coverage of e-research data collection methods
  • New real-life student examples and case studies from the UK and internationally
  • Additional online 'top tips' videos from the author.

This is an essential companion for students on undergraduate and postgraduate early childhood courses, teacher education, nursing, and social sciences. It is also useful for early years practitioners required to carry out small-scale research.

Dr. Guy Roberts-Holmes is Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Education at the Institute of Education, University of London.


Guy Roberts-Holmes will be discussing key ideas from Doing Your Early Years Research Project: A Step by Step Guide in the SAGE Early Years Masterclass, a free professional development experience hosted by Kathy Brodie. To sign up, or for more information, click here.

You Can Do Research!
Your Research Story, Methodology and Research Questions
Ethical Issues in Early Childhood Research
Designing Your Research
Observation: Looking and Listening
Creative Listening with Young Children
Interviewing Children and Adults
Writing and Using Questionnaires
Presenting and Analysing Your Findings
Writing Your Literature Review
Writing up your research project

'This text is a useful resource to help students and their tutors to understand the process of conducting a research project. I use it to help guide meaningful conversations with students about their research at all points in the project. I highly recommend this text.'

Suzanne Quinn
Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies, University of Roehampton

'Anyone involved in the education and training of early years practitioners will welcome this superb resource. The book provides excellent coverage of the fundamental issues and techniques associated with early years research at undergraduate level. Every student of Early Years Education needs this information and could have no better resource than this book.'

Dr Judith E Butler
Lecturer & Researcher in Early Childhood Care & Education, Cork Institute of Technology

'This recently updated book provides reassuring support and practical advice for any practitioner involved in early years as well as primary education. It is a straightforward step-by-step guide, clearly structured to enable even novice researchers to inform and improve their practice through research.'

Jenny Carpenter
PGCE Head of Programme, York St John University

'Now in its third edition, this book has earned its place as a key text for students undertaking a research project as part of their studies within the field of early childhood education.  It provides readers with helpful and comprehensive coverage of all aspects of the research process and is both pragmatic and academically challenging.  Its main strength is the way in which it guides and scaffolds the reader through the practical elements of their research, whilst also engaging the reader with key methodological, conceptual and ethical issues related to undertaking a research project. A highly commendable and essential text for students embarking on research.'

Dr Janet Rose
Programme Leader and Award Leader Early Years Education, Bath Spa University

I like the step by step approach that this book takes. It is a useful text for students who are planning their first research project. A well written text with useful contextualisation and examples.

Mr Carl Duck
Centre for Educational Studies, Hull University
October 7, 2016

A very useful guide to undertaking a research project.

Mrs Kate Hutson
Child Studies, York College
September 1, 2016

An excellent resource for novices engaging in research in the early years. A key strength of the book is its accessible language and step by step approach to guiding researchers though the research process from start to finish. A highly commended and essential textbook for students of early years courses and practitioners in the field.

Dr Niamh Gallagher
Social Science , Sligo Institute of Technology
June 19, 2016

This 3rd edition text is very useful, easy to read and follow and specifically focuses on the early years.

Miss Alyson Lewis
Department of Educational Studies, Bath Spa University
April 1, 2016

This book contained useful information for my learners to carry out a successful research project. The style and format was easily accessible.

Miss Lisa Louise Holland
Education , Tameside College
March 24, 2016

This is a really useful and accessible guide for final year students. It is clearly set out and written in a language that supports UG students' projects

Dr Jonathan Wainwright
Educational Admin , Sheffield Hallam University
March 16, 2016

Guy Roberts-Holmes

In the 1980s and 1990s, Guy Roberts-Holmes worked as one of a handful of male nursery and reception teachers in inner London primary schools. Guy thoroughly enjoyed this challenging experience and was eager for more insight into the wider context of early years education, and so completed a Master’s degree at King’s College, London. Guy then worked in The Gambia, West Africa, for Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO) and as a lecturer at The University of The Gambia. Whilst in The Gambia, he carried out an ethnography of a nursery and primary school, leading to a PhD at the University of Nottingham. Guy is the Programme Leader for the... More About Author

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