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.