Doing Early Childhood Research: International Perspectives on Theory and Practice

Doing Early Childhood Research: International Perspectives on Theory and Practice

Doing Early Childhood Research: International Perspectives on Theory and Practice

Doing Early Childhood Research: International Perspectives on Theory and Practice

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This book is about how to conduct research in and about the early childhood years. It is written specifically for novice and early career researchers and their mentors. The book shows the many different ways in which research in early childhood can be approached and emphasises that there is no one right way to conduct research in early childhood. However, we do believe that all research needs to be theoretically grounded, well designed, rigorously analysed, feasible and ethically fair and just. The book attempts to show how to do this from within diverse theoretical traditions and paradigms.

To accomplish this task we have drawn on a team of international early childhood researchers who represent the multi-disciplinary nature of much early childhood research. They bring an authority, breadth and depth to the discussion of research in early childhood that we believe would not be possible in a sole-authored text.

We see two main reasons for publishing a book on the research process written specifically for the novice early childhood researcher. First, as early childhood studies are multi-disciplinary, standard texts written for students of the social sciences or the humanities are often not sufficiently broad for the needs of the early childhood field. Second, general education research texts often focus specifically on research in classrooms and thus often do not meet the needs of the early childhood researcher, who must be familiar with methods and techniques relevant to research in the multitude of contexts experienced by the child from birth through to the early years of school.

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