Decisions and Dilemmas of Research Methods in Early Childhood Education

Anne Keary (Editor), Janet Scull (Editor), Susanne Garvis (Editor), Lucas Walsh (Editor)

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This book examines the methodological decisions made by researchers working in early childhood contexts. Viewed from a researcher’s perspective, each chapter explores the journey of the researcher, capturing their decision-making processes in early childhood research. Through themes such as the politics of ethics and how different cultural norms shape research in different localities, Decisions and Dilemmas of Research Methods in Early Childhood Education explores key questions such as: What are the ethical issues arising during early childhood research? Which research traditions and methodologies prevail and why? How are research subjects perceived and positioned within different research contexts? What interdisciplinary tensions or opportunities arise between different ways of working across early childhood research? The book critically unpacks how these decisions are made and by whom during the course of research. Each chapter includes reflections of researchers working across disciplines such as education, health and social work to understand the thinking, forces and actors that shape decisions made during the research process. This is essential reading for researchers working in early childhood contexts in fields such as social work, health, education, criminology, psychology and more.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAbingdon UK
Number of pages193
ISBN (Electronic)9781003126577
ISBN (Print)9780367648510, 9780367648541
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Publication series

NameRoutledge Research in Early Childhood Education

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