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'How I wish I'd had a book like this when I first started my career as a researcher into early years education and care! There's something for everyone, and I wholeheartedly commend it to those embarking upon, or wishing to extend their knowledge of, early childhood research' - Professor Emeritus Janet Moyles, Early Years & Play Consultant. 'This text covers an excellent range of issues. In particular, the mix of academic background to topics and practical application will make it an excellent resource for students' - Damien Fitzgerald, Principal Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies, Sheffield Hallam University. This highly engaging and easy-to-read introductory text is tailored to meet the needs of early childhood students. It includes practical examples of research with and about young children and babies, and encourages the reader to take an interactive approach. By offering clear guidance on research methods, as well as advice on how to develop skills as a researcher, the book takes students step-by-step through the process of doing a research project and provides a detailed grounding in the subject. The book covers: an introduction to research methodology; various approaches to research, including action research; designing a questionnaire; carrying out observations and interviews; undertaking a piece of independent research from start to finish; understanding and critiquing the research of others; ethical issues in early childhood research; and real life examples of how to tackle different aspects of research. The authors break down the content into four main sections: Paradigms and Principles; Approaches to Research; Methods; and, Carrying out a Research Project. Each chapter contains learning objectives, case studies, research in focus sections, reflection points, a summary and suggestions for further reading. The language used throughout is accessible, and a full glossary of terms is included. This book is indispensible for all students undertaking research in early childhood. Penny Mukherji and Deborah Albon are both Senior Lecturers in Early Childhood Studies at London Metropolitan University.
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