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Doing Your Early Years Research Project : a Step-by-Step Guide

Author: Guy Roberts-Holmes
Publisher: Los Angeles ; London : SAGE, 2014. ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Third editionView all editions and formats
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"Undertaking a research project can be a daunting task for Early Years students. This step-by step guide clearly shows students how to organise and structure their project, write a literature review, interpret findings and successfully present their research. Bringing the whole process to life through practical examples and real case studies, the book is packed with summaries, key points, checklists and discussion  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Guy Roberts-Holmes
ISBN: 9781446285930 1446285936 9781446285923 1446285928
OCLC Number: 888470889
Description: xix, 236 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. 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 --
The importance of your reflective practice --
Principles of high-quality early childhood research --
The research process within early childhood studies --
Everyday research skills --
2. 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 field questions --
Getting your research questions right: breadth and depth --
Doing a pilot study --
3. 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 --
4. 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 --
5. 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 --
6. Creative Listening with 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 --
7. Interviewing Children and Adults --
Types of interview --
The interview guide --
Probing --
The differences between an interview and a chat --
Focus group conversations with children --
Children as researchers --
8. Writing and Using Questionnaires --
Three ways to administer your questionnaires --
Ethical issues and questionnaires --
Writing your questionnaire --
Types of question --
Writing a Likert scale questionnaire --
9. Presenting and Analysing Your Findings --
Reducing your data --
Reducing and displaying your data --
Using Excel and NVivo software for analysis --
Inducing and/or deducing the themes and topic codes --
Using a wide range of data in your analysis --
10. Writing Your Literature Review --
Why you should do a literature review --
Read widely --
Developing your own point of view --
What you should read and include in your literature review --
Using your college/university online databases --
Using the British Education Index (BEI) --
How to read a really useful article --
Synthesising the ideas --
Write, edit, re-edit and re-re-edit! --
11. Writing up your research project --
The steps before your research project --
Your supervisor --
Your responsibilities --
Your supervision meetings --
The contents of your research project --
Title page --
Acknowledgements --
Abstract --
Table of Contents --
ch. 1 Introduction and Literature Review --
ch. 2 Methodology --
ch. 3 Findings --
ch. 4 Discussion and Conclusions --
References --
Appendices --
Be careful to avoid plagiarism --
Final preparation and proofreading.
Responsibility: Guy Roberts-Holmes.

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