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Practitioner Research in Early Childhood

Practitioner Research in Early Childhood
International Issues and Perspectives

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September 2015 | 160 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

"This comprehensive publication rightly establishes early childhood as a critical phase in the education of young people and makes the case for developing our insights regarding early childhood education (ECE) practices through the eyes of practitioner inquiry in the context of collaborative partnerships. It achieves its goal through a series of insightful case studies that not only illuminate the text as stories from the field, but also contribute to our understanding regarding ECE learning and pedagogy."Susan Groundwater-Smith, Honorary Professor, Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney.

Bringing together theory and practice, this book draws on the projects and experiences of senior and new researchers implementing various forms of practitioner research. Chapter discussions are informed by international literature to provide insightful reflections on research processes and the contribution of practitioner research in changing practice. The diversity of perspectives across the chapters provides an excellent resource for those undertaking research within early childhood contexts.

Features include:

  • the contribution of practitioner research to curriculum and social change.  professional development and        strengthening learning communities
  • how practitioners can be supported in documenting and articulating their work
  • the relationships between the research community and field of practice through practitioner research projects
  • contemporary problems and issues that frame the practices of early childhood educators
  • case studies from Australia, South Africa, Sweden and Chile

A diverse range of case studies that use a range of internationally recognised research methods are presented. The book offers guidance, support and inspiration to practitioners on how to research their implementation of meaningful and sustainable changes in early childhood contexts.

Christine Woodrow and Linda Newman
Recognising, Valuing and Celebrating Practitioner Research
Linda Newman, Christine Woodrow, Silvia Rójo and Mónica Galvez
Collaborative Capacity Building in Early Childhood Communities in Chile
Oznur Aydemir, Fatima Mourad, Leonie Arthur and Jen Skattebol
Insider Islamic Spaces of Inquiry: Muslim Educators Producing New Knowledge in Sydney Australia
Lyn Fasoli and Alison Wunungmurra
What is Play For in Your Culture? Investigating Remote Australian Aboriginal Perspectives Through Participatory Practitioner Research
Karin Rönnerman
Developing Collaboration Using Mind Maps in Practitioner Research in Sweden
Norma Rudolph and Mary James
Reconceptualising Services for Young Children through Dialogue in a South African Village
Linda Newman, Janet Keegan and Trish Heeley
Sustaining Curriculum Renewal in Western Sydney: Three Participant Views
Nicole Mockler and Ashley Casey
(In)sights from 40 Years of Practitioner Action Research in Education: Perspectives from the US, UK and Australia

This is a fabulous text to accompany the module 'Comparative Education', and also for those looking at research with young children across the globe. My Early Years students found this text very supportive when comparing UK practice to Europe and beyond.

Miss Jo Button
Education , South Devon College
August 27, 2015

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