Doing Early Childhood Research
International perspectives on theory and practice
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.
Table of Contents
List of contributors
List of tables
PART I: The nature of research
1 Research as a tool
2 The research process
3 Paradigms, methods and knowledge
4 Doing research for the first time
5 Ethics in early childhood research
PART II: Analysis and design
6 Design issues
7 Quantitative designs and statistical analysis
8 Qualitative designs and analysis
9 Equity issues in research design
PART III: The research process in action
10 Surveys and questionnaires: an evaluative case study
11 Interviewing children
12 Interviewing adults
13 An ethnographic approach to researching young children's learning
14 Action research
15 Direct observation
16 policy research
17 Developing reciprocity in a multi-method small-scale research study
Appendix: Getting the terms right
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, Communication in Early Childhood Services, and Teaching Techniques with Young Children. Sharne Rolfe is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Learning and Educational Development at the University of Melbourne. She has published widely in areas of infant and child development. Iram Siraj-Blatchford is Professor of Early Childhood Education at the postgraduate 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, A Sociology of Educating and The Early Years: Laying the Foundations for Racial Equality.