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Research Methods in Early Childhood

Research Methods in Early Childhood
An Introductory Guide

Second Edition

November 2014 | 344 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Packed full of even more examples of research methods in practice, this second edition now comes with a fantastic website giving you all you need to understand research methods in early childhood.

With new case studies and reflective tasks throughout, this bestselling textbook covers all you need to know about undertaking research in early childhood, including action research, ethics and doing your research project.

Online, you’ll find:

- Quizzes to test your methods knowledge

- Free journal articles with accompanying activities to broaden understanding and develop critical thinking

- Useful web links as well as videos of the authors answering FAQs about research

If you are undertaking research in early childhood then this book is for you.


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. To sign up, or for more information, click here.

Part I: Paradigms and Principles
Chapter 1: Positivist Research
Beyond Positivism: Interpretivism, ‘Critical’ Paradigms and Post-Structuralism
Chapter 3: Ethics
Chapter 4: Listening to Children
Part II: Approaches to Research
Chapter 5: Surveys
Chapter 6: Ethnography
Chapter 7: Case Studies
Chapter 8: Action Research
Part III: Methods
Chapter 9: Observation
Chapter 10: Interviews
Chapter 11: Questionnaires
Chapter 12: Using Documents and Other Visual ‘Texts’
Chapter 13: Using Journaling as a Research Tool
Chapter 14: Creative Methods for Listening to Children in Research
Part IV: Carrying out a Research Project
Chapter 15: Research Design
Chapter 16: Reviewing the Literature
Chapter 17: Analysing and Presenting Data
Chapter 18: Writing up


This book encourages budding researchers to understand the complexities and ethics around undertaking such work, through engaging with worldviews, methods, concepts and current issues alongside introducing methods and design around conducting research...Readers will love the interactive videos where the authors answer most frequently asked questions.   

Martine Horvath

Additional reading for any student undertaking research in the field of Early Years

Mrs Helen Veronica McLaughlin
Early Childhood Education Department, Stranmillis University College
December 15, 2016

I think that this is really useful textbook for students on Early Childhood programmes. It is well written, provides helpful contextual examples and provides students with a good introduction when preparing their first research forays.

Mr Carl Duck
Centre for Educational Studies, Hull University
October 7, 2016

This is an excellent, well written text that is easily accessible for undergraduate and postgraduate students. It clearly explains educational research concepts, so that the student new to educational research can gain understanding of these terms and also learn how to use them for practical application within their own research. The text is both descriptive and critical and highlights a range of contrasting thoughts using practical examples to provide concrete representation of research in action.

Mrs Criona Madeline Blackburne
Education , IT Carlow
September 11, 2016

An easy read for students to support them with their projects

Mrs Louise Elaine Atkins
School of Education & Training, Greenwich University
June 29, 2016

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Ch 1. Positivist Research

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ISBN: 9781446273685