Doing Action Research in Early Childhood Studies

ISBN-10: 0335228623

ISBN-13: 9780335228621

Edition: 2008

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Are you worried about doing your early years action research project?. Does the thought of choosing the right research question feel daunting?. Are you concerned about the challenges you might face? ..If you answer 'yes' to any of these questions, then this is the book for you!...Written in a lively and accessible style, this is the essential step-by-step guide to conducting your own action research project. The book introduces and evaluates different approaches to action research and explores how they can be applied in early childhood settings to create positive change and to improve practice...Using varied illustrations and case studies of contemporary projects in diverse early childhood contexts, the book addresses specific issues and challenges that you might face when conducting action research in such settings...Each chapter offers gentle guidance and support at a specific stage of the research process, from choosing your initial topic to formulating your research question, through to sharing the lessons of your project....The book's key features include: .. 16 'Steps' that walk you through the process of conducting your action research project. References to real life research projects to illustrate key ideas, themes, practices and debates. Advice on creating an action research journal, with sample extracts. 'Thinking Boxes' in each chapter to encourage you to review and reflect on the chapter's contents as you plan your research project. Checklists in each chapter of key concepts, processes and themes, together with further resources ..The authors explore some difficult issues associated with action research, including ethics, rigour, validity, critical reflection, and social and professional change. They show that there is more than one 'right' way to perform an action research project and advise you how to choose an approach that is appropriate for your particular interests and circumstances...Doing Action Research in Early Childhood Studiesis an essential resource for students and practitioners of early childhood studies..
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Book details

List price: $45.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
Publication date: 9/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction: the action research cycle
Choosing to Change
Choose a social practice to change or improve
Preparing to take Step 1
a case from practice
Taking your first step: your actions and reflections
Further resources: going deeper
Ask a question about your chosen social practice
Preparing to take Step 2
a case from practice
Taking your second step: your actions and reflections
Further resources: going deeper
Planning for a Change
Learn more about the action research family
Preparing to take Step 3
a case from practice
Taking your third step: your actions and reflections
Further resources: going deeper
Learn more about your topic from the literature
What is a literature review?
A literature review to meet your need
Starting your literature review
Analysing the results of your literature review
Sharing the results of your literature review
a case from practice
Taking your fourth step: your actions and reflections
Further resources: going deeper
Learn more about your ethical responsibilities
Introducing ethics
Researchers' general ethical responsibilities
Action researchers' specific ethical responsibilities
Collaborative action researchers' specific ethical responsibilities
Action researchers' specific ethical responsibilities in early childhood settings
a case from practice
Taking your fifth step: your actions and reflections
Further Resources: going deeper
Learn about reflection, critical reflection and practice
Reflection and reflective practice
Critical thinking and critically reflective practice
Critical reflection in action research for professional change
Critical reflection in action research for social change
a case from practice
Taking (and retaking) your sixth step: your actions and reflections
Further Resources: going deeper
Map the practicalities of researching in your context
Find helpers and anticipate hindrances
Inform relevant others about your project
Plan your first steps
a case from practice
Taking your seventh step: your actions and reflections
Further resources: going deeper
Plan to make your research rigorous and valid
Introducing rigour and validity
'Fit-for-purpose' rigour and validity: considering scope and scale
Scientific rigour
Alternative forms of rigour
Rigour in action research
Approaches to validity
Validity in action research
a case from practice
Taking the eighth step: your actions and reflections
Further resources: going deeper
Creating Change
Form an action research group
Why research collaboratively?
Forming a collaborative action research group
Maintaining participation in a group
Planning for diversity
Maintaining critical reflections, maintaining relationships
a case from practice
Taking your ninth step: your actions and reflections
Further resources: going deeper
Gather 'baseline' data
Defining our terms
An appropriate data collection strategy
Sources of data
Documenting your data
a case from practice
Taking your tenth step: your actions and reflections
Further resources: going deeper
Create a change and collect data about its effects
cases from practice
Taking your eleventh step: your actions and reflections
Further resources: going deeper
Analyse your data
What is 'data analysis'?
Organizing the data for analysis
Coding the data
Sifting the data for patterns
Analysing the data and displaying the results
a case from practice
Taking your twelfth step: your actions and reflections
Further resources: going deeper
Deepen and broaden your data and understandings
Where next?
Broadening and deepening your data
Broadening and deepening your understandings
a case from practice
Taking your thirteenth step: your actions and reflections
Further resources: going deeper
Choose a further social practice to change or improve, perhaps guided by a new research question
Choose another social practice to change or improve
some cases from practice
Taking your fourteenth step: your actions and reflections
Further resources: going deeper
Sharing the Lessons of Your Change
Draw Conclusions from your analysis
The limits of general advice
To conclude or not to conclude?
How to conclude
a case from practice
Further Resources: going deeper
Share the lessons of your project
A formal, written project report
An article in an academic, peer-reviewed journal
A book chapter
An Article in a specialist magazine
A page on a project website
A formal presentation to a conference
An informal presentation to colleagues, children or parents
Deciding how best to share the lessons
a case from practice
Further resources: going deeper
References
Author index
Subject index
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