Doing Early Childhood Research: International Perspectives on Theory and Practice
Allen & Unwin, 2001 - Education - 306 pages
Doing Early Childhood Research demystifies the research process. An international team of experienced researchers shows how to select the right questions and use the appropriate methods to investigate important issues in early childhood.
The editors and authors 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 approaches including observation, small surveys, action research, ethnography, policy analysis and poststructuralist approaches.
They explain clearly how to set up research projects which are theoretically grounded, well-designed, rigorously analysed, feasible and ethically fair. Each chapter is illustrated with examples and case studies.
Doing Early Childhood Research is essential reading for new researchers and students inexperienced in conducting research.
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Part II Analysis and design
Part III The research process in action
Appendix Getting the terms right
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