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Success with your Early Years Research Project

Success with your Early Years Research Project

May 2014 | 160 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

‘Action research and Early Years practices go together, as naturally as the new day rising. This book is a celebration of new days. Early Years research is a practice for creative thinking for new tomorrows; the book shows us how to do this, and is to be commended for anyone who wishes to find innovative ways to think and act for all new beginnings.’ 
-Jean McNiff, Professor of Educational Research, York St John University

Where do you start with a research project? How do you choose a good question? What are tutors looking for in an outstanding project?

This book will help you answer all of the above and that is just the beginning. With examples of real research projects from students just like you, it takes you through each step of the process including:

  • Choosing your question and approach
  • Making sure your research is ethical
  • Gathering and analysing data
  • Reaching conclusions
  • Putting your findings into practice.

After each example the authors provide commentary on what made each project so good, or what needed more work, helping you see what a good project really looks like.

Suitable for anyone tackling a research project as part of the Early Years course, at foundation or degree level, this book will help you make sure your project is interesting, relevant and impacts on your practice.

Foreword by Jean McNiff
Chapter 1 - Considering Your Research Question
Chapter 2 - Theoretical Framework
Chapter 3 - Taking an Ethical Stance
Chapter 4 - Literature Review
Chapter 5 - Methodology: Choosing your Research Approach
Chapter 6 - Gathering Data
Chapter 7 - Data Analysis
Chapter 8 - Reaching Conclusions and Reflecting
Chapter 9 - Disseminating Findings
Final Reflection on the Qualities of a Practitioner Researcher

This is a very helpful text and easily accessible for students to dip in and out of. A friendly book which should help calm the fears of students embarking upon a first Early years research project.

Mrs Caroline Friel
Early Years, Derby College
May 19, 2015

Clear advice that offers a calming and positive approach for students engaging in research projects.

Miss Monica Edwards
Faculty of Education, Manchester Metropolitan University
May 13, 2015

This is a helpful text for students engaging with practitioner-based research. The use of examples of student work makes it particularly accessible.

Dr Nicola Kemp
Department of Childhood Studies, Canterbury Christ Church University
May 13, 2015

This book is an essential tool for students attempting their early years research project.
The authors use examples, case studies, and reflective questions to guide students through the process of preparing a research project from planning through to implementation. The book is very accessible and easy to follow. Highly recommended.

Mrs Anna Colgan
Higher Education, Banbury and Bicester College
May 12, 2015

The centrality of examples of real research from previous students is one aspect of the book that was liked, along with the commentaries and key reading. All key areas for planning a successful project are covered.

Miss Dianne Mitchell
School of Education, Social Work &, Dundee University
May 1, 2015

This book is such a valuable tool, expertly focussing on research within early years. This is a relevant book which gives my students direct and current support in carrying out research in an early years setting. This has been made an essential text for the module 'Independant Research' on the Foundation Degree in Early Years.

Miss Jo Button
Education , South Devon College
April 29, 2015

Very straight forward book for any final year students embarking upon their first research project.

Dr Marguerita Magennis
Department of Early Years and Psychology, Portobello Institute
September 5, 2015

A nicely condensed overview of research, easy to read, with a particular focus on early years studies. A must for students entering the field of research for the first time.

Dr Marguerita Magennis
Department of Early Years and Psychology, Portobello Institute
July 28, 2015

An well structured book, good for anyone undertaking a small scale research project. Useful passages that are analysed and used to inform the reader.

Mrs Gail Parker
SWWCTE, University of Wales, Trinity St David
April 22, 2015

A clearly written book which makes Early Years Research far less scary.

Mrs ann gabrielle solomon
care professions, Barnfield College, Luton
April 30, 2016

Rosie Walker

Rosie Walker is a senior lecturer within the Centre for Early Childhood, Institute of Education at the University of Worcester. She has supervised many research projects with Foundation Degree, BA and Top up students as well as Masters and is responsible for managing student practice based experience. Rosie has been involved in research projects with students and has presented her work at EECERA and BECERA as well as publishing within peer reviewed journals. Previously, she has managed two phase 1 children’s centres and is a Social Worker by professional heritage. Rosie has worked in a variety of childcare settings including child... More About Author

Carla Solvason

Dr Carla Solvason is Senior Lecturer at the University of Worcester within the Centre for Children and Families. She is the pathway lead for the Masters in Early Childhood and is a PhD supervisor. Along with her colleague, Rosie Walker, she co-authored, Success with your Early Years Research Project, also published by Sage, which has received very positive reviews and is now a key text. Carla’s first role was as a primary school teacher. During that time she completed a Masters in Gender, Literature and Modernity and a PhD in Education, specifically looking at concepts of inclusion. Before starting work at Worcester, in 2009, she spent a... More About Author

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