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Doing Early Childhood Research

"It is rare for any research methodology book to cover so much ground, and contain so many different kinds of resources between two covers." Journal of Education for Teaching "As a guide for new and inexperienced researchers, it is second to none." British Journal of Educational Studies Doing Early Childhood Research demystifies the research process. An international team of experienced researchers shows how to select methods which are appropriate for working with young children in early childhood settings or at home. They provide a thorough introduction to the most common research methods used in the early childhood context. Reflecting the multidisciplinary nature of much early childhood research, they cover a wide range of conventional and newer methods including observation, small surveys, interviews with adults and children, action research, ethnography and quasi-experimental approaches. They explain clearly how to set up research projects which are theoretically grounded, well-designed, rigorously analysed, feasible and ethically based. Each chapter is illustrated with examples. Widely used by early childhood researchers in many countries, this second edition of Doing Early Childhood Research has been fully revised. It includes new chapters on beginning research, mixed methods research, interviewing children, and working with Indigenous children, and also new case study chapters. It is essential reading for novice, initial career and experienced researchers. Contributors Maria Assuncao Folque, Sue Atkinson-Lopez, Mindy Blaise, Liane Brow, Margaret Coady, Audrey D'Souza Juma, Anne Edwards, Sue Emmett, Susan Grieshaber, Linda Harrison, Alan Hayes, Patrick Hughes, Glenda Mac Naughton, Karen Martin, Sharne A. Rolfe, Iram Siraj-Blatchford, John Siraj-Blatchford, Louise Taylor, Teresa Vasconcelos
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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart One: The nature of research Research as a tool The research process Paradigms, methods and knowledge Doing research as a beginning researcher Ethics in early childhood research Indigenous research Part Two: Analysis and design Design issues Quantitative designs and statistical analysis Qualitative designs and analysis Equity and research design Mixed-method designs Designing to scale: When size matters Part Three: The research process in action Surveys and questionnaires: An evaluative case study Interviewing young children Interviewing adults in an Indigenous community An ethnographic approach to researching young children's learning Action research Direct observation Case study Quasi-experimental research Appendix 1: Getting our terms right Glossary Index

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Professor Glenda Mac Naughton is Director of the Centre for Equity and Innovation in Early Childhood at the University of Melbourne, Australia Sharne A. Rolfe is Senior Lecturer at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, Australia Iram Siraj-Blatchford is Professor of Early Childhood Education at the Institute of Education, University of London, UK

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