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Research Methods in Early Childhood
An Introductory Guide

Second Edition
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November 2014 | 344 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Packed full of even more examples of research methods in practice, this second edition now comes with a fantastic website giving you all you need to understand research methods in early childhood.

With new case studies and reflective tasks throughout, this bestselling textbook covers all you need to know about undertaking research in early childhood, including action research, ethics and doing your research project.

Online, you’ll find:

- Quizzes to test your methods knowledge

- Free journal articles with accompanying activities to broaden understanding and develop critical thinking

- Useful web links as well as videos of the authors answering FAQs about research

If you are undertaking research in early childhood then this book is for you.

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Penny Mukherji and Deborah Albon will be discussing ideas from Research Methods in Early Childhood in the SAGE Early Years Masterclass, a free professional development experience hosted by Kathy Brodie. To sign up, or for more information, click here.

 
Part I: Paradigms and Principles
 
Chapter 1: Positivist Research
 
Beyond Positivism: Interpretivism, ‘Critical’ Paradigms and Post-Structuralism
 
Chapter 3: Ethics
 
Chapter 4: Listening to Children
 
Part II: Approaches to Research
 
Chapter 5: Surveys
 
Chapter 6: Ethnography
 
Chapter 7: Case Studies
 
Chapter 8: Action Research
 
Part III: Methods
 
Chapter 9: Observation
 
Chapter 10: Interviews
 
Chapter 11: Questionnaires
 
Chapter 12: Using Documents and Other Visual ‘Texts’
 
Chapter 13: Using Journaling as a Research Tool
 
Chapter 14: Creative Methods for Listening to Children in Research
 
Part IV: Carrying out a Research Project
 
Chapter 15: Research Design
 
Chapter 16: Reviewing the Literature
 
Chapter 17: Analysing and Presenting Data
 
Chapter 18: Writing up

Supplements

This book encourages budding researchers to understand the complexities and ethics around undertaking such work, through engaging with worldviews, methods, concepts and current issues alongside introducing methods and design around conducting research...Readers will love the interactive videos where the authors answer most frequently asked questions.   

Martine Horvath
EYE

Additional reading for any student undertaking research in the field of Early Years

Mrs Helen Veronica McLaughlin
Early Childhood Education Department, Stranmillis University College
December 15, 2016

I think that this is really useful textbook for students on Early Childhood programmes. It is well written, provides helpful contextual examples and provides students with a good introduction when preparing their first research forays.

Mr Carl Duck
Centre for Educational Studies, Hull University
October 7, 2016

This is an excellent, well written text that is easily accessible for undergraduate and postgraduate students. It clearly explains educational research concepts, so that the student new to educational research can gain understanding of these terms and also learn how to use them for practical application within their own research. The text is both descriptive and critical and highlights a range of contrasting thoughts using practical examples to provide concrete representation of research in action.

Mrs Criona Madeline Blackburne
Education , IT Carlow
September 11, 2016

An easy read for students to support them with their projects

Mrs Louise Elaine Atkins
School of Education & Training, Greenwich University
June 29, 2016

Interesting and an informative read for both the Enquiry and the Dissertation modules

Mrs Terrie A Blaszczyk
Education Department, Roehampton University
June 19, 2016

Easy read covering criteria suitable for level 4 and 5

Mrs nicola shortland
Care and Childcare, Bedford College
March 23, 2016

A super resource for students conducting their research projects

Mrs Tara Ball
Stoke Campus, Staffordshire University
March 2, 2016

This continues to be an excellent guide for dissertation students and I highly recommend it as a key read.

Mrs Rebecca Kingsley-Jones
Faculty of Education (Frenchay), University of The West of England
January 18, 2016

A well structured resource for students undetaking research projects as part of an undergraduate or post graduate degree.

Mrs Hayley McKenzie
Faculty of Health Ormskirk, Edge Hill University
November 3, 2015

Sample Materials & Chapters

Ch 1. Positivist Research


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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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