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Research Methods in Early Childhood

Research Methods in Early Childhood
An Introductory Guide

288 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This highly engaging and easy-to-read introductory text is tailored to meet the needs of early childhood studies students. It includes practical examples of research with and about young children, and encourages an interactive approach from the reader. By offering clear guidance on research methods, as well as advice on how to develop skills as a researcher, the book takes students step-by-step through the process of doing a research project.

The book covers:

  • An introduction to research methodology
  • Essential knowledge and skills in research methods
  • How to design a questionnaire
  • How to undertake a piece of independent research from start to finish
  • Understanding and critiquing the research of others
  • The ethics of research
  • Real life examples of how to tackle different aspects of research

The authors break down the content into four main sections: Paradigms and Principles; Approaches to Research; Methods; Carrying out a Research Project. Each chapter contains learning objectives, case studies, research in focus sections, reflection points, a summary, and suggestions for further reading. The language used throughout is accessible, and a full glossary is included.

This book is indispensable for all students undertaking research in early childhood.


Janet Moyles


Positivist Research
Interpretivism and Post-Structuralism
Listening to Young Children
Case Studies
Action Research
Using Documents and Other Visual 'Texts'
Journaling as a Research Tool
Creative Methods for Listening to Children in Research
Research Design
Reviewing the Literature
Analyzing and Presenting Data
Writing up

Thoroughly recommend - clear, accessible and relevant throughout.

Ms Laura West-Burnham
School of Health and Fitness, Petroc
April 16, 2015

We will be adopting the new edition of this text for our Early Years researcher module this year.

Dr Anne Luke
Faculty of Education,Health & Sciences, Derby University
October 9, 2014

A helpful and thorough text which contextualises research methodology and methods. Can be accessed by foundation degree, BA and MA students alike

Mrs Nikki Fairchild
Childhood Studies : Early Years, Chichester University
April 9, 2014

This is a clear and logically set out book exploring the fundamental principles of research. This book is ideal for early years students in work based foundation degrees.

Miss Rebecca Bolan
Education, Carshalton College
February 12, 2014

We have adopted this textbook for our level 5 Research methods module.

Dr Ruby Oates
School of Education, Derby University
December 5, 2013

A helpful book, especially recommended for those whose work is likely to have an early years focus

Mr Cathal Butler
School of Education, Bedfordshire University
October 23, 2013

This text has been useful as a background reader in establihing what 'research' is as a form of organised human activity.

Mr Patrick Meehan
Education , Canterbury Christ Church University
September 5, 2013

This text is clear and easy to read. The language is appropriate for undergraduate students pursuing early childhood programmes. The text offers great support and guidance for writing research proposals. I highly recommend

Dr Themesa Neckles
Education, The University of Sheffield
August 28, 2013

Excellent text, informative yet accessible to a wide ability bracket.

Mrs Paula Hamilton
School of Education & Community, Glyndwr University
May 21, 2013

This text is up to date and a great resource for students completing their research projects. Research methods are considered in detail and written in an easily accessible style.

Miss Sandra Lyndon
Childhood Studies : Early Years, Chichester University
April 9, 2013

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One


Penny Mukherji

Deborah Albon