Lenses and lessons: using three different research perspectives in early childhood education research

Susan Irvine, Christina Davidson, Nikolay Veresov, Megan Ruth Adams, Anamika Devi

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    In contemporary Western research, collaboration is held in high esteem. This developing practice is challenging particularly for researchers who follow varying theoretical approaches. However although a challenging endeavour, when viewing the one data set with different lenses, there are various lessons that can be shared. A key aspect of this paper is involved researchers different analytical perspectives in one data set to learn more about each other s research insights, rather than become instant expert in other s approaches. The interview data reported in this paper originates from a larger study researching parents experience of using early childhood education and care (ECEC) in Australia. Here we analyse and report on two shared interview excerpts and use three different research lenses for analysis; phenomenographic study, conversational analysis and cultural historical theory. The finding of this paper demonstrates that applying different lenses provide different interpretations, including strengths, limitations and opportunities. In this paper we argue that collaborative research practices enhance our understanding of varying research approaches and the scope, quality, translation of research and the researchers capacity are enhanced.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)75 - 85
    Number of pages11
    JournalCultural-Historical Psychology
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

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