Research Guides

ECE Research

1. Author (Year) Guy Roberts-Holmes (2014)  
  Title Doing your early years research project : a step-by-step guide (3rd ed.)
  Summary Undertaking a research project can be a daunting task for early years students. This step-by-step guide clearly shows you how to organise and structure your project, write a literature review, interpret findings and successfully present your research. Bringing the whole process to life through practical examples and real case studies, the book is packed with summaries, key points, checklists and discussion topics, encouraging you to engage with and reflect on your own work. The third edition is fully updated to include: New chapters on writing your literature review and structuring your final project; Increased coverage of e-research data collection methods; New real-life student examples and case studies from the UK and internationally; Additional online 'top tips' videos from the author. This is an essential companion for students on undergraduate and postgraduate early childhood courses, teacher education, nursing, and social sciences. It is also useful for early years practitioners required to carry out small-scale research. -- from publisher website 
  Call no. HQ767.85 R63 2014

 

2. Author (Year) Deborah Albon and Rachel Rosen (2014)
  Title Negotiating adult-child relationships in early childhood research
  Summary

Negotiating Adult-Child Relationships in Early Childhood Research discusses the technical implementation of ethics in research with children through an exploration of the complicated and often 'messy' situations faced in negotiating relationships in research with children. Despite growing acknowledgement of their centrality, relationships between adult researchers and very young participants have been neglected and under-theorised. In response, this book offers a comprehensive conceptualisation of adult-child research relationships through examination of questions, including: - How do power and inequity impact on adult-child research relationships? - What does it mean for relationships when researchers 'intervene' in the field? - How do bodies matter in research relationships? - What does an emphasis on relationships with young children mean for the research process? Drawing upon data and case studies from the authors' own research to support the conceptual ideas under discussion, this insightful new book contributes to current debates about research with young children, offering a thorough exploration of the importance of relationships to the research process. Relevant for international audiences, this book is essential reading for early childhood students and educators, researchers, and lecturers with an interest in research with children, and will further the debate of early years research for undergraduate and postgraduate students alike. -- from publisher website

  Call no.  HQ767.85 A43 2014

 

3. Author (Year) Penny Mukherji and Deborah Albon (2018)
  Title Research methods in early childhood : an introductory guide
  Summary The book assumes no prior knowledge and really introduces the topics to beginners in simple terms. The supportive writing style and the way difficult concepts are clearly explained is often feedback we hear from both lecturers and students. Once students have gained confidence, they are able to delve into the further reading suggestions and the topics and content covered extend into enough depth for those who want to go further in their studies. This means students really can use it throughout their whole course. Research in Focus boxes look at international published examples of research to show what it looks like in the real world and understand the effects and implications. (Countries covered are USA, Canada, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, England, Norway, Sweden, Finland, France, Italy, Belgium, South Africa, India, Singapore, Australia & New Zealand.). Activities for students to work through help them cement knowledge and understanding. Case Studies give examples and scenarios of real student research. These demonstrate best practice and show students how to present their findings in a way that conveys the decisions they have made in their own personal style rather than rather than regurgitating textbooks. 
Extended glossary which gets students familiar with complicated terminology. This new Third Edition includes: videos pre-chapter relating to chapter outcomes;flashcard glossary to consolidate learning;MCQs to test understanding.  
  Call no.  HQ774.5 M84 2018

 

4. Author (Year) Nancy File, Jennifer J. Mueller, Debora Basler Wisneski, and Andrew J. Stremmel (Ed., 2017)
  Title Understanding research in early childhood education : quantitative and qualitative methods
  Summary Understanding Research in Early Childhood Education: Quantitative and Qualitative Methods prepares readers to be informed consumers of early childhood research. Rather than following the traditional format of covering quantitative and qualitative methods separately, this innovative textbook offers side-by-side coverage and comparison about the assumptions, questions, purposes and methods for each, offering unique perspectives for understanding young children and early care and education programs. Understanding Research in Early Childhood Education is broadly based across the major research paradigms, and numerous examples are offered throughout the text. Through the use of this book, students will be able to more knowledgeably read, evaluate, and use empirical literature. These skills are becoming more important as early childhood educators are increasingly expected to use evidence-based research in practice and to participate in collecting and analyzing data to inform their teaching. -- from publisher website
  Call no. LB1139.225 F55 2017

EDU Research

1. Author (Year) Craig A. Mertler (c2017)  
  Title Action research : improving schools and empowering educators (5th ed.)
  Summary Action Research: Improving Schools and Empowering Educators, introduces both novice and experienced practicing educators to the process of conducting classroom-based action research. Practical and comprehensive, the book focuses on research methods and procedures that educators can use in their everyday instructional practices, classroom activities, and school procedures. Mertler’s book also focuses on the systematic use of student data to improve educators’ instructional effectiveness. Mertler provides insightful coverage of the knowledge and skills needed to design research studies, conduct research, and communicate findings to relevant stakeholders and other interested parties. -- from publisher website
  Call no.  LB1028.24 M47 2016

 

2. Author (Year) R. Burke Johnson and Larry Christensen (2017)
  Title Educational research : quantitative, qualitative, and mixed approaches (6th ed.)
  Summary Assuming no prior knowledge, Educational Research offers a comprehensive, easily digestible introductory research methods textbook for undergraduate and graduate students. Readers will develop an understanding of the multiple research methods and strategies used in education and related fields; how to read and critically evaluate published research; and the ability to write a proposal, construct a questionnaire, and conduct an empirical research study on their own. Students rave about the clarity of this best seller and its usefulness for their studies, enabling them to become critical consumers and users of research. Key Features: attention-grabbing, current event chapter opening vignettes and examples throughout the book engage student interest. While many texts only offer one method, this book gives a balanced coverage of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research as well as their strengths and appropriateness, showing each has merit when employed properly. A conversational and accessible writing style makes the book fun and easy to read. Review question checkpoints are strategically placed to bolster student comprehension of key topics. Separate practical chapters are included on, “How to Construct a Questionnaire”, “How to Write a Research Proposal,” and "How to Write an APA Style Report." -- from publisher website
  Call no. LB1028 J59 2017

 

3. Author (Year) James H. McMillan (2016)
  Title Fundamentals of educational research (7th ed.)
  Summary Fundamentals of Educational Research educates students to become intelligent consumers of educational research and introduces basic research principles to those who may eventually use research in their work. Principles for conducting research and criteria for evaluating its overall credibility are presented in a concise manner, with numerous excerpts from published studies to enable students to learn to read, understand, and evaluate research and to judge the usefulness of the findings for educational practice. The text facilitates student learning with the inclusion of chapter objectives, roadmaps and concept maps, study questions, consumer tips, more than 175 examples from published articles, several full length articles, and author reflections. -- from publisher website 
  Call no. LB1028 M365 2016

 

4. Author (Year) Craig A. Mertler (2016)
  Title Introduction to educational research
  Summary Introduction to Educational Research guides readers through the various steps of the research methods process to help plan and compose their first educational research project. Through comprehensive chapter content and in-text exercises, readers learn how to prepare a research plan, gather and analyze data, address research questions and hypotheses, and organize reports of their projects. The book is practical and student-friendly; Dr. Craig A. Mertler uses a conversational writing style with non-technical language to help students clearly understand and apply research concepts with no prior familiarity with the principles, procedures, or terminology. -- from publisher website  
  Call no. LB1028 C515 2016

 

5. Author (Year) Keith F. Punch (2014)
  Title Introduction to social research : quantitative & qualitative approaches (3rd ed.)
  Summary In the new edition of Introduction to Social Research, Keith Punch takes a fresh look at the entire research process, from formulating a research question to writing up your research. Covering qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods, the book focuses on matching research questions to appropriate methods. Offering concise, balanced coverage, this book clearly explains the underlying principles of social research and shows you how to put this understanding into practice. The third edition includes: A new chapter on literature searching and reviewing ; Expanded coverage of ethics ; A new section on using the internet in research ; A range of additional student learning features A brand new companion website including full-text journal articles, additional case studies and video tutorials. Using a range of examples from student research and published work, the book is an ideal introduction for any social science student taking a research methods course or embarking on their own undergraduate or postgraduate research project. -- from publisher website
  Call no. H62 P86 2014

 

6. Author (Year) Collin Foster and Rachel Eperjesi (2017)
  Title Action research for new teachers : evidence-based evaluation of practice
  Summary Action research is a popular part of many teacher training courses, but understanding how to do it well isn’t always straightforward. Action Research for New Teachers breaks the process down into small steps giving you concise, jargon-free guidance on all the issues and key considerations that you will need to tackle. It focuses on being evidence-based, encouraging you to produce evidence-rich research projects that are methodologically sound and stand up to scrutiny. This book takes you through the initial stages of planning and research design, engages with the complexities of data collection, and gives you advice on analyzing your data and writing up your research project. -- from publisher website  
  Call no. LB1028.24 F67 2017