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Research Methods in Early Childhood
An Introductory Guide



November 2009 | 288 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
'How I wish I'd had a book like this when I first started my career as a researcher into early years education and care! There's something for everyone, and I wholeheartedly commend it to those embarking upon, or wishing to extend their knowledge of, early childhood research; - Professor Emeritus Janet Moyles, Early Years & Play Consultant

'This text covers an excellent range of issues. In particular, the mix of academic background to topics and practical application will make it an excellent resource for students' - Damien Fitzgerald, Principal Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies, Sheffield Hallam University

This highly engaging and easy-to-read introductory text is tailored to meet the needs of early childhood students. It includes practical examples of research with and about young children and babies, and encourages the reader to take an interactive approach. 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 and provides a detailed grounding in the subject.

The book covers:

- an introduction to research methodology

- various approaches to research, including action research

- designing a questionnaire

- carrying out observations and interviews

- undertaking a piece of independent research from start to finish

- understanding and critiquing the research of others

- ethical issues in early childhood 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 of terms is included.

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

Penny Mukherji and Deborah Albon are both Senior Lecturers in Early Childhood Studies at London Metropolitan University.

Janet Moyles  
Foreward  
 
PART ONE: PARADIGMS AND PRINCIPLES
 
Positivist Research
 
Interpretivism and Post-Structuralism
 
Ethics
 
Listening to Young Children
 
PART TWO: APPROACHES TO RESEARCH
 
Surveys
 
Ethnography
 
Case Studies
 
Action Research
 
PART THREE: METHODS
 
Observation
 
Interviews
 
Questionnaires
 
Using Documents and Other Visual 'Texts'
 
Journaling as a Research Tool
 
Creative Methods for Listening to Children in Research
 
PART FOUR: CARRYING OUT A RESEARCH PROJECT
 
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

'Observation'


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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... More About Author

Deborah Albon

Deborah Albon worked as a nursery nurse, teacher and manager in a range of early childhood settings for nearly 20 years before working in Higher Education. Her research interests are primarily around food and drink provisioning in early childhood settings. In particular her work explores the way 'food events' offer a lens through which to examine adult-child (and family) relationships in early childhood settings. Deborah is widely published in this area and has  co-written the textbook Research Methods in Early Childhood with Penny Mukherji (soon to be in 3rd edition) as well as co-writing the book Negotiating Adult-Child... More About Author

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