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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

A wonderful resource. Great for hons degree students undertaking their dissertation. Excellent book and very easy to follow

Dr Judith Butler
Social & General Studies Department, Cork Institute of Technology
March 5, 2013

A useful text.

Miss Rachael Fell
School of Education, Bishop Grosseteste College
January 28, 2013

Added to recommended reading for revised course programmes 2013

Ms Jessica Johnson
School of Education, Kingston University
December 20, 2012

An easily accessible book that seeks to support the student through their entire research project from underpinning philosophy to methods, ethics, and analysis. A popular book with my students.

Mr Mark Tymms
Division of Youth & Community, De Montfort University
December 19, 2012

Awell organised and interesting text with many captivating examples.

Dr Pam Jones
Education , Swansea Metropolitan University
November 29, 2012

Very informative text to guide students new to academic study and research.

Andrew Tofts
Education , Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education
November 29, 2012

This book is particularly useful for students who are planning on undertaking a project. The resource will support the student right from the initial stages of planning their particular project to carrying out their research and analysing the data. It makes for an understandable read and I have also used the resource for planning delivery sessions and in classes with students.

Mrs Nicola Firth
Care and Early Years, Wakefield College
October 23, 2012

A clear guide to submitting research projects at both level 5 and level 6.

Ms Liz Sheen
School of Education and Community, Glyndwr University
September 26, 2012

Gives guidance with conducting research at all stages.

Mrs Kelly Needham
CCLD/Health and Soical Care , South Leicestershire College
August 17, 2012

An excellent book well tailored for Early Childhood students embarking on research methods modules and research projects. This book has excellent and relevant examples as well as explains key concepts in research in a clear manner.

Ms Rachel Rosen
Early Childhood, London Metropolitan Uni (North Campus)
February 1, 2012

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One


Penny Mukherji

Deborah Albon