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Introducing Research in Early Childhood



October 2018 | 200 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

“What a useful book for the beginner researcher! Offering a grounding in the different kinds of research conducted in the field of early childhood, this book’s inviting and accessible style will support the novice researcher, and the development of criticality in relation to research.”

Deborah Albon, Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies, University of Roehampton


What does the term ‘research’ in early childhood actually mean? What does research involve, and how do you go about doing it?

This book explains exactly what ‘research’ is; it explores key ideas, themes and terminology to provide you with a clear understanding of its importance to your early years or early childhood studies degree.

It will help you:

·        Understand what it means to think critically, and unpick childhood research

·        Learn how to analyse, examine and understand the importance of others’ research

·        Get to know how research is designed and carried out

·        Appreciate the importance of ethics

·        Get to grips with translating research into real life in an early childhood setting.

Laying the foundations to develop your confidence in talking about research and making links between theory and practice, this book will support you as you begin your research journey into the world of early years.

Polly Bolshaw is a Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Jo Josephidou is a Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Polly Bolshaw and Jo Josephidou will be discussing ideas from Introducing Research in Early Childhood in Doing Your Early Years Research Project, a SAGE Masterclass for early years students and practitioners in collaboration with Kathy Brodie. Find out more here.

 
Introduction to research in early childhood
 
Beginning to think critically about research
 
Knowledge and truth in research
 
The language of research
 
Approaches to research about children
 
Approaches to research with children
 
Longitudinal research approaches
 
Cross-national research approaches
 
The ethics of research
 
How research is designed
 
Creative approaches to research
 
Your research journey has begun

What a useful book for the beginner researcher! This book offers a grounding in the different kinds of research conducted in the field of early childhood as well as an introduction to the range of ideas that underpin such research. Chapter 2 ‘beginning to think critically about research’ will be useful across many modules. Drawing on useful exemplars to highlight points of significance, this book is written in an inviting and accessible style which will support the novice researcher yet also support the development of criticality in relation to research.

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Deborah Albon
Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies, University of Roehampton

This book is an easy read and introduces students in the early childhood programmes the basic concepts of a research methodology

Dr Evgenia Theodotou
CASS School of Education & Communities, University of East London
October 25, 2018

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Chapter 1: Introduction to research in early childhood


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