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Doing Early Childhood Research : International Perspectives on Theory and Practice - Glenda MacNaughton

Doing Early Childhood Research

International Perspectives on Theory and Practice

By: Glenda MacNaughton (Editor), Sharne A. Rolfe (Editor), Iram Siraj-Blatchford (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st August 2010
ISBN: 9781742370699
Number Of Pages: 400

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Doing Early Childhood Research demystifies the research process. An international team of experienced researchers shows how to select methods which are appropriate for working with young children in early childhood settings or at home. Reflecting the multidisciplinary nature of much early childhood research, the book covers a wide range of conventional and newer methods including observation, small surveys, interviews with adults and children, action research, ethnography and quasi-experimental approaches. It explains clearly how to set up research projects which are theoretically grounded, well-designed, rigorously analysed, feasible and ethically based. Each chapter is illustrated with examples. This edition includes new chapters on beginning research, mixed methods research, interviewing children, and working with Indigenous children, and also new case study chapters.

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Introduction - Glenda Mac Naughton, Sharne Rolfe and Iram Siraj-Blatchford

PART I: The nature of research

1 Research as a tool - Sharne Rolfe and Glenda Mac Naughton

2 The research process - Glenda Mac Naughton and Sharne Rolfe

3 Paradigms, methods and knowledge - Patrick Hughes

4 Doing research as a beginning researcher - Audrey D'Souza Juma

5 Ethics in early childhood research - Margaret Coady

6 Indigenous research - Karen Martin

PART II: Analysis and design

7 Design issues - Alan Hayes

8 Quantitative designs and statistical analysis - Linda Harrison

9 Qualitative designs and analysis - Anne Edwards

10 Equity and research design - Susan Grieshaber

11 Mixed-method designs - Iram Siraj-Blatchford

12 Designing to scale: When size matters - Mindy Blaise

PART III: The research process in action

13 Surveys and questionnaires: An evaluative case study - John Siraj-Blatchford

14 Interviewing young children - Maria Assuncao Folque

15 Interviewing adults in an Indigenous community - Sue Atkinson-Lopez

16 An ethnographic approach to researching young children's learning - Iram Siraj-Blatchford

17 Action research - Louise Taylor

18 Direct observation - Sharne A. Rolfe and Sue Emmett

19 Case study - Teresa Vasconcelos

20 Quasi-experimental research - Liane Brown

Appendix 1: Getting our terms right



ISBN: 9781742370699
ISBN-10: 1742370691
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 1st August 2010
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.76
Edition Number: 2