Work-Based Research in the Early Years

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Sue Callan, Michael Reed
SAGE, Aug 24, 2011 - Education - 160 pages
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In the early years sector all practitioners are now expected to engage in work-based research, as a means of improving practice and demonstrating leadership. Using examples from recent practitioner projects, this text offers a 'real world' approach to research consistent with models that involve the active participation of children and families. With the aim of clarifying themes and concepts for inexperienced researchers, the text explores ethical principles underpinning research, supported by case studies, which will be of particular relevance to students undertaking their own small-scale investigations. Further reading on research methodology is also included.

Chapters are organized under three headings:

- planning for research;

- doing research;

- learning from research.

This book provides practitioners and undergraduates with a greater understanding of the position of the researcher, how to facilitate research and the way in which research underpins raising achievement and change in the workplace. There is an emphasis on impact of research on practice, illustrated through reflection on the authors' experience of preparing this text.

Sue Callan is an Associate Lecturer with the Open University.

Michael Reed is a Senior Lecturer on the BA Early Childhood Studies at the University of Worcester.


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Workbasedresearch in the early years positioning yourself as aresearcher
Planning for Research
1 Ethical positioning in workbased investigations
2 Expressing personal values and beliefs the essential position of the researcher
Carrying out Research
3 Ethnographic practitioner research
using literature to support investigation and practice
creative approaches to research methods
Learning from Research
6 Identifying what has been found explaining a new position
7 Repositioning yourself personal and professional change through workbased investigation
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Michael Reed is a Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Early Childhood, within the Institute of Education at the University of Worcester. He teaches on undergraduate and postgraduate courses related to child development, practice based research and leadership.  He is a qualified teacher and hold advanced qualifications in Educational Inquiry, Educational Psychology and Special Education.  He was a member of course development and writing teams at the Open University and an experienced author. He has a particular interest in practice based inquiry and research evaluating ways to improve quality in practice. He has co-edited a number of books including  Reflective Practice in the Early Years (2010), Quality Improvement and Change in the Early Years (2012)  and Work Based Research in the Early Years (2012), all published by SAGE.

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