Doing early childhood research: international perspectives on theory and practice

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Open University Press, Aug 1, 2001 - Education - 306 pages
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There are a growing number of courses on early childhood education at university level. This has placed new demands on both students and staff as research is a key feature of many of these courses. Research training is an important element in both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in early childhood education and there is a genuine need for an accessible textbook that addresses the particular research issues which are a feature of this important field.

Doing Early Childhood Research introduces the most common qualitative and quantitative methods in the early childhood context. The contributors cover a wide range of conventional and newer approaches including observation, surveys, action research, ethnography, policy analysis and poststructuralist approaches. The reader is shown step by step how to select a topic, review the literature, design their research project, analyse data and produce a report.

Throughout the emphasis is on practical application of the methods and the text is illustrated by a wide range of examples and case studies. Each chapter includes checklists, explanations of key concepts, annotated further reading and questions for reflection.

Written by leading international early childhood researchers, this book is a standard introduction to research in the early childhood field.

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Contents

Glenda Mac Naughton
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The research processGlenda Mac Naughton
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Paradigms methods and knowledgePatrick Hughes
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Glenda Mac Naughton is Associate Professor in the Department of Learning and Educational Development at the University of Melbourne, and author and co-author of a number of books including Rethinking Gender in Early Childhood Education (Allen & Unwin/Paul Chapman 2000), Communication in Early Childhood Services (RMIT Press 1999), Teaching Techniques with Young Children (Addison Wesley Longman 1998) and Working with Young Children (TAFE 1994).

Sharne Rolfe is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Learning and Educational Development at the University of Melbourne.

Iram Siraj-Blatchford is Professor of Early Childhood Education at the Institute of Education, University of London. She is author and co-author of a number of books including Supporting Identity, Diversity and Language in the Early Years (Open University Press 2000), A Sociology of Educating, (Cassell 1997), and The Early Years: Laying the Foundations for Racial Equality (Trentham 1994).

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