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Research in Early Childhood

Research in Early Childhood

208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
'Andrea Nolan and he colleagues have written a uniquely wise and reader-friendly account of all aspects of researching early childhood'
- Liz Brooker, Reader in Early Childhood, University of London Institute of Education

In this innovative guide to research in early childhood, the research process is presented as a journey and this book is your roadmap. The authors take you step-by-step through the practical considerations and complexities of undertaking research with young children featuring the real-world research journeys of two student researchers. Their authentic stories describe the emotions, challenges and moments of exhilaration involved in completing a research project.

The book gives guidance on all aspects of the research process, including:

- selecting a topic

- ethical considerations

- collecting your data

- analysing your data

- disseminating your findings.

This book will be an invaluable guide to students of Early Childhood completing a research project or writing a thesis or dissertation.

Why Become Involved in Research in Early Childhood?
Orientation: 'It's Like Another Language'
Exploring and Theorizing Perspectives
Beginning the Research Journey: Determining Your Point of Departure
Knowing What Has Gone before: Reviewing the Literature
Guiding the Research Journey: Ethical Considerations
Moving along Qualitative methodological pathways
Taking the Quantitative methodological trail
Drawing the journey to a close: Dissemination of the findings
The Journey

The authors of this book suggest that it should be used as a compass point for students to check their bearings as they progress through their research project. Research language is explained, as is each stage if the research journey; identifying the research stance, undertaking the literature review, ethical considerations, methodology and writing up the research findings. The use of anecdotes from Phd and early research students brings to life the potential trials and tribulations of the research journey, making the text a useful resource for research students.

Mrs Victoria Bamsey
Plymouth Institute of Education, University of Plymouth
January 9, 2015

An academic publication provides comprehensive text to support students planning their research project which is clearly explained through in-depth procedures. Additionally, reflective points are suggested at the end of chapters and a summary on each topic for students to follow while completing research methods or dissertation studies.

Miss Tracey Canham
Health Care And Early Years, Swindon College
September 7, 2014

A thorough book that covers all the essential areas of research. Highly recommended for Early Childhood Studies students.

Dr Katherine Cartmell
Education and Early Childhood Studies, Liverpool John Moores University
March 12, 2014

Too detailed and academic for the level of research required for the level that we deliver

CARE, Carshalton College
January 9, 2014

A really interesting book using a different perspective as it follows the research journey of a range of researchers. The early childhood focus is particularly valuable as the reader can follow the developing ideas and the choices made. A useful supplemental book for any early years researcher.

Mrs Janet Harvell
Education Department - St Marks, Bridgwater College
November 5, 2013

A very interesting book which explores the threotical framewords and the practice of research. Helpful case studies which allow students to understand these topics.

Mrs Nikki Fairchild
Childhood Studies : Early Years, Chichester University
October 25, 2013

Love chapter 10 - "the journey" as research in early childhood studies certainly feels like that. I particularly like how the subsections are questions.

Mrs Tanya Richardson
School of Education, Northampton University
October 22, 2013

This book is very useful to the learners when completing both the Cache Unit 10 research project and Welsh Baccalaureate
Advanced Individual Investigation.

Mrs Cerys Summerhill-Davies
Caring, Cardiff and Vale College
September 20, 2013

A valuable resource for any childhood studies student.

Mrs Diane Davies
Health , Merthyr Tydfil College
September 11, 2013

This book has been very helpful for MA students and their research has benefited from relevant decision-making. Excellent guidance and clear explanations.

Mrs Irene Scott
Faculty , Chester University
September 7, 2013

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