Doing your early years research project: a step-by-step guide

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Paul Chapman, Apr 23, 2005 - Education - 176 pages
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`This book provides an excellent foundation for anyone about to begin a small-scale research project for a diploma or first degree, not only in early years education, but in any educational phase. As its subtitle suggests, it is a step-by-step guide but it goes beyond this in the issues it tackles in several chapters, as well as being a valuable source of information including a glossary of research terminology, and an annotated list of early years journals. It has several strengths, in particular the 'personal research stories' which show the reader how several of the author's students tackled each stage of the research process. A second strength is the use of numerous thought provoking and pertinent activities throughout each chapter which encourage 'interaction' with the text. Guy Roberts-Holmes' accessible book should be on every reading list for people doing their undergraduate dissertations, or about to begin action research or small-scale research projects with children' - Early Years

'The book is written with a keen sensitivity to the needs of the novice researcher in ECEC, managing to demystify the concept of research without degrading it. Reading the excellent guidance on formulating a research question brought back for me the excitement of discovering that a simple, pared down question can yield big and complex answers. Magic! Case-study material from the work of students lends transparency to the discussion and makes real the research experience' - Early Education

`This book will provide invaluable for all those embarking on research of any kind in the filed of early childhood research. The author, an experienced researcher and lecturer in this field, has produced a clear, thorough and informative book which balances theoretical background with lots of practical examples and case studies' - Foundation Stage

`This new step-by-step guide will prove valuable to anyone completing an early years project. All aspects are covered from designing your research questions to writing your conclusion' - Practical Professional Child Care

`Doing Your Early Years Research Project is an ideal resource to help you through from start to finish. It will help students doing Early Childhood Studies Degree, Teacher Education, Nursing, Social Sciences and a range or CACHE awards' - Nursery Education

'This is an excellent resource for all those undertaking research in the field of Early Childhood Education and Care. It will be particularly valuable for students on Early Childhood Studies Degree Courses! Guy Roberts-Holmes has succeeded in writing a book which, in addition to offering valuable practical advice, is rigorous, supportive and encouraging to all those undertaking research with young children and their families' - Lesley Abbott, Professor of Early Childhood Education, Centre for Multi-Professional Research in the Early Years, Manchester Metropolitan University

This step-by-step guide will talk you through your Early Years research project from start to finish. Drawing on the work of practitioners within the sector to illustrate concepts and methods, it brings the entire research process to life. The heart of the book is concerned with how practitioners and students can listen to young children. Throughout the book the children's many 'voices' are seen as central to the research.

This book is packed with research summaries, key points checklists and discussion topics, making it practical and user-friendly. It features guidance on:

- selecting a topic

- organizing and structuring your project

- the range of research methods available to you (covering case studies, surveys, action research, documentary analysis and ethnography)

- ethical issues.

The text will also show you how to:

" use a whole range of methods of investigation, including observation, interviews and questionnaires

" do a literature review

" interpret your findings

" present and write up your project

" access useful sources of information for your research.

This is essential reading for students on all courses featuring a research project in the early years, such as early childhood studies, teacher education, nursing, social sciences and a wide range of CACHE awards. It is also invaluable for early years practitioners required to carry out small-scale research projects.

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Your research story methodology and research questions
Designing your research
Ethical issues in early childhood research

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About the author (2005)

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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