Doing Your Early Years Research Project: A Step by Step Guide

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SAGE, Mar 11, 2011 - Education - 232 pages
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This new edition of a much-loved book guides you through your Early Years research project from start to finish and draws on the work of Early Years practitioners to illustrate concepts and methods, bringing the entire process to life.

Packed with research summaries, key points, checklists and discussion topics, the author shows you how to organise and structure your project, write a literature review, interpret findings and present/write up your project.

This edition has been fully updated and revised to include up-to-date references, a focus on 'Reflective Practice', and coverage of Early Years Foundation Stage, as well as:

- Coverage of Action Research, including examples

- Increased material on using, presenting and analysing data, including using software

- More reflective and detailed study aid including case studies, surveys, questions and activities

This book is essential reading for students on early childhood studies courses, those working towards Early Years Professional Status (EYPS), teacher education, nursing, and social sciences. It is also useful for early years practitioners required to carry out small-scale research.


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1 You can do research
2 Your research story methodology and research questions
3 Ethical issues in early childhood research
4 Designing your research
5 Organising and writing up your research project
looking and listening
7 Creative listening to young children
8 Interviewing children and adults
9 Writing and using questionnaires
10 Analysing your data

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About the author (2011)

Dr Guy Roberts-Holmes is Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Education in the Faculty of Children and Health at the Institute of Education, University of London. His teaching and research focus on the development of early childhood professional identities and qualifications; early childhood pedagogy; inclusion and diversity; men and fathers in early childhood services and early childhood methodology. He is a member of BERA (British Educational Research Association); EECERA (European Early Childhood Education Research Association) and TACTYC (Training, Advancement and Co-operation in Teaching Young Children) and is an external examiner for PGCE and EYPS, at the University of Winchester.

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