This new text is the only resource out there to address the needs of today's early years students/trainees and support them through every stage of the early years research process.
Research in the Early Years contains case study material in the form of four fictional students' experiences, which run through the book. Readers follow these example students through their dissertation module as they address common problems, issues and pitfalls.
Clear explanations and a step-by-step approach are balanced with sufficient depth and rigour to challenge those on undergraduate courses or following graduate programmes such as EYPS.
Dr Pam Jarvis is currently Senior Lecturer at Bradford College University Centre and Associate Lecturer for the Open University. She has many years' experience of creating and teaching developmental, social science and social policy modules for Education/Child Development programmes. Dr Stephen Newman is currently Senior Lecturer in Education and Continuing Professional Development at Leeds Metropolitan University, and Course Leader for the MSc in Leadership and Management. He was formerly the Course Leader for MA and MEd programmes in the McMillan School of Teaching, Health and Care at Bradford College University Centre. Wendy Holland (MA) has experience of teaching in mainstream nurseries, primary and special schools for over thirty years. She is currently working in the Teaching, Health and Care sector at Bradford College University Centre, has been training and assessing Early Years Professionals since the national launch of the status in 2007. Jane George (MEd) is currently the Programme Manager for Early Years, Health and Care at Bradford College University Centre, managing the curriculum across the full range of Further and Higher Education programmes in Early Years and Health and Care.
Chapter 1 Planning and preparation: your Early Years research project Chapter 2 Reading for research: efficient use of your access to an academic library Chapter 3 The literarture review and sectioning the project write-up Chapter 4 Introduction to methodology Chapter 5 Observation-based research in the Early Years Chapter 6 Putting research methods into action Chapter 7 Presenting your data Chapter 8 Discussing and concluding: placing your findings within the frame of Early Years research Chapter 9 Presentation of report: gaining marks for 'readability'