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Research Methods in Early Childhood

Research Methods in Early Childhood
An Introductory Guide

Third Edition
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January 2018 | 440 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Research is something many Early Childhood Studies students find intimidating. As a result this book has been designed with early childhood student in mind to help them through the research process.

The book covers the whole research journey exploring the different methodologies & principles as well as how to undertake a research project, making it a whole course companion. Following a linear and progressive structure, it logically helps students work through their course and introduces the topics to beginners in simple and clearly explained terms.  Once students have gained confidence, they are able to delve into the further reading suggestions and the research in focus boxes which look at international published examples of research to understand the real world effects and implications. Activities throughout help cement knowledge and case studies giving examples and scenarios of real student research show readers how to present their own findings. A brand new reader guide to research to aid navigation and a new chapter on research proposals are now also included.

This new Third Edition is also complemented by online resources that offer valuable additional resources for both instructors and students, including:

  • Videos per-chapter relating to chapter outcomes supported by critical questions
  • Flashcard glossary to consolidate learning
  • MCQs to test understanding
  • Testbank of questions for assignment setting
  • Free journal articles for wider reading
  • PowerPoint slides

If you would like to integrate these resources into your university’s learning management system, use the testbanks for assement or practice, and seamlessly direct your students to the freely available extra materials, please get in touch with your local rep.

Penny Mukherji and Deborah Albon will be discussing ideas from Research Methods 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.

Chapter 1: Research Design
Chapter 2: The Research Proposal
Chapter 3: Reviewing the Literature
Chapter 4: Positivist Research
Chapter 5: Beyond Positivism: Interpretivism, 'Critical' Paradigms and Post-structuralism
Chapter 6: Ethics
Chapter 7: Listening to Young Children
Chapter 8: Surveys
Chapter 9: Ethnography
Chapter 10: Case Studies
Chapter 11: Action Research
Chapter 12: Observation
Chapter 13: Interviews
Chapter 14: Questionnaires
Chapter 15: Using Documents and Visual Texts
Chapter 16: Journaling as a Research Tool
Chapter 17: Creative Methods for Listening to Children in Research
Chapter 18: Analysing and Presenting Data
Chapter 19: Writing Up and Sharing Your Findings

A useful book for students studying on the Early Childhood Programme as well as for the Foundation Degree in Early Years. Easy to read, and easy to use - students feedback were very positive.

Ms Eva Mikuska
Childhood, Social Work & Social Care, Chichester University
February 4, 2020

This book is brilliant! It explains in simple terms and basic steps in research that is specific in early childhood. It makes my undergraduate students understand these terms and produce great pieces of work

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

Selected this text for our newly verified Dissertation Module and it has proved very useful with positive feedback from students

Mrs Terrie Blaszczyk
Froebel College, Roehampton University
February 12, 2018

I love this book, it's perfect for my childhood studies course. Great detail on how to plan and organize childhood studies and how to do research in infancy!

Mrs Franziska Vogel
Institute of Psychololgy, Otto Friedrich University of Bamberg
January 15, 2018

A fantastic update to a very popular resource. Flying off the shelves in the library!

Miss Louise Stafford
Early Years Department, Solihull College
September 11, 2017

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 7 Listening to Young Children