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Research Methods in Early Childhood

Research Methods in Early Childhood
An Introductory Guide

Third Edition
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January 2018 | 440 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
The Third Edition of Research Methods in Early Childhood provides a clear and comprehensive guide to the different types of research methods, with a particular focus on how these methods can be used in early childhood. Known for its supportive writing style, this best-selling text follows a linear and progressive structure that logically helps students work effectively through their course. Using examples, case studies, and reflection points, the book then expertly illustrates how to translate theory into practice.

Penny Mukherji and Deborah Albon will be discussing ideas from Research Methods in Early Childhood in the SAGE Early Years Masterclass, a free professional development experience hosted by Kathy Brodie.

Chapter 1: Research Design
Chapter 2: The Research Proposal
Chapter 3: Reviewing the Literature
Chapter 4: Positivist Research
Chapter 5: Beyond Positivism: Interpretivism, 'Critical' Paradigms and Post-structuralism
Chapter 6: Ethics
Chapter 7: Listening to Young Children
Chapter 8: Surveys
Chapter 9: Ethnography
Chapter 10: Case Studies
Chapter 11: Action Research
Chapter 12: Observation
Chapter 13: Interviews
Chapter 14: Questionnaires
Chapter 15: Using Documents and Visual Texts
Chapter 16: Journaling as a Research Tool
Chapter 17: Creative Methods for Listening to Children in Research
Chapter 18: Analysing and Presenting Data
Chapter 19: Writing Up and Sharing Your Findings

A useful book for students studying on the Early Childhood Programme as well as for the Foundation Degree in Early Years. Easy to read, and easy to use - students feedback were very positive.

Ms Eva Mikuska
Childhood, Social Work & Social Care, Chichester University
February 10, 2020

This book is brilliant! It explains in simple terms and basic steps in research that is specific in early childhood. It makes my undergraduate students understand these terms and produce great pieces of work

Dr Evgenia Theodotou
CASS School of Education & Communities, University of East London
March 27, 2019

Selected this text for our newly verified Dissertation Module and it has proved very useful with positive feedback from students

Mrs Terrie Blaszczyk
Froebel College, Roehampton University
April 16, 2018

I love this book, it's perfect for my childhood studies course. Great detail on how to plan and organize childhood studies and how to do research in infancy!

Mrs Franziska Vogel
Institute of Psychololgy, Otto Friedrich University of Bamberg
March 12, 2018

A fantastic update to a very popular resource. Flying off the shelves in the library!

Miss Louise Stafford
Early Years Department, Solihull College
March 13, 2018
Key features
  • A new chapter on research proposals has been added.
  • Chapters have been reorganized to better suit the learning journey.
  • A new reader guide has been added at the beginning of the text to aid navigation.
  • Research in Focus boxes examine real-world international published examples of research in order to understand the effects and implications. (Countries covered are USA, Canada, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, England, Norway, Sweden, Finland, France, Italy, Belgium, South Africa, India, Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand.)
  • Activities help cement knowledge and understanding.
  • Case Studies give examples and scenarios of real student research, which demonstrate best practice and show how to present findings.
  • An extended glossary supports readers in learning complicated terminology.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 7 Listening to Young Children