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Doing Your Early Years Research Project A Step-by-Step Guide

ISBN-10: 1849205205
ISBN-13: 9781849205207
Edition: 2nd 2011
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Book details

List price: $23.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Limited
Publication date: 3/31/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

This new edition of a much-loved book guides you through your Early Years research project from start to finish and draws on the work of Early Years practitioners to illustrate concepts and methods, bringing the entire process to life.Packed with research summaries, key points, checklists and discussion topics, the author shows you how to organise and structure your project, write a literature review, interpret findings and present/write up your project.This edition has been fully updated and revised to include up to date references, a focus on 'Reflective Practice', and coverage of Early Yeas Foundation Stage, as well as:" Coverage of Action Research, including examples" Increased material on using, presenting and analysing data - and with IT" More reflective and detailed study aid including case studies, surveys, questions and activitiesThis book is essential reading for students on early childhood studies courses, those working towards Early Years Professional Status (EYPS), teacher education, nursing, and social sciences. It is also useful for early years practitioners required to carry out small-scale research.

You Can Do Research!
Your Feelings about Doing Research
Myths about Early Childhood Research
An Inclusive Approach towards Early Childhood Research
Your Research Project Within Early Childhood Studies
The Professionalisation of Early Childhood Studies 5
The Importance of Your Reflective Practice
Principles of High-quality Early Childhood Research
The Research Process within Early Childhood Studies
Everyday Research Skills
Your Research Story, Methodology and Research Questions
Reflecting Upon your Personal Story
Methodology
Some Research Stories
Your Reflective Diary
High Levels of Motivation
Professional Motivations
Focusing On your Area of Interest
The Overall Research Questions and the Field Questions
Getting your Research Questions Right - Breadth and Depth
Doing a Pilot Study
Ethical Issues in Early Childhood Research
Legislation and the Participatory Rights of Children
Sociology and the Participatory Rights of Children
Children's Participation and Protection
a Reflective Impact Assessment of Research on Children
Your Emotional Vulnerability
Informed Consent
Informed Consent, Confidentiality and Child Protection
Informed Consent Leaflet for Children
Socially Inclusive and Respectful Relationships with Children
Informed Consent is an Ongoing Process
Negotiating Access with the Gatekeepers
'Feedback' and Closure of the Research
Ethical Dilemmas are Hard to Resolve
Ethical Checklist
Designing Your Research
What is Research Design?
Two Research Approaches
Quantitative Research
Qualitative Research
Sampling within Your Project
Triangulation and Validity
The Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches: An Example
Action research
Action Research Belongs to You
Case Studies
Small-scale Qualitative Surveys
Broad and Deep Research
Justifying your Methods
Your Research Proposal
Organising and Writing up Your Research Project
Writing an Academic Argument and Critical Writing
The Overall Structure of Your Research Report
The Responsibilities of Your Supervisor
Your Responsibilities Throughout the Research
The Research Tutorial
Your Research Timetabling
Observation: Looking and Listening
Why Do Observations?
What is Observation?
Interpretation
Being Open in Your Looking and Listening
Knowing the Context of Your Research Setting
Unstructured Observations
Structured Observations
Tally Counting
Observation Schedules
Event Sampling and Running Records
Video Observations
Observational Diagrams
Participant Observation
Creative Listening to Young Children
Developing Cultures of Meaningful Participation
What is Creative Listening?
The Mosaic Approach
Cameras and Ethics
Children's Photographs and Walking Tours
Children's Drawings
Children's Interpretations of Their Pictures
Interviewing Children and Adults
Different Types of Interviews
The Interview Guide
Probing
The Differences Between an Interview and a Chat
Focus Group Conversations with Children
Children as Researchers
Using Structured Activities
Reflective Interviewing
a Wide Diversity of Children
Tape-recording
Writing and Using Questionnaires
Three Ways to Administer Your Questionnaires
Ethical Issues and Questionnaires
Writing your Questionnaire
Different Types of Questions
Writing a Likert Scale Questionnaire
Analysing Your Data
The Process of Organising your Data
Reducing and Displaying your Data
Using Excel and Nvivo Software for Analysis
Inducing or/and Deducing the Themes and Topic Codes
Topic Coding in Qualitative Analysis
Analysing Your Data
Use a Wide Range of Data
Generating Categories and Themes
Sharing Your Research

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