‘Andrea Nolan and he colleagues have written a uniquely wise and reader-friendly account of all aspects of researching early childhood’ - Liz Brooker, Reader in Early Childhood, University of London Institute of Education

Orientation: ‘It's Like Another Language’

Orientation: ‘It's Like Another Language’

This chapter orientates readers to the research process, including an explanation about how epistemology, theoretical perspectives and methodology link together. It defines relevant terminology and considers philosophies relevant to research in and about early childhood. Lara shares some of her thoughts on beginning her research, and Amy outlines her orientation to her research project.

Key Chapter Questions are

  • What is epistemology?
  • What is a theoretical perspective?
  • What is a methodology?
  • How do they link together?

Beginning research can be an exciting but also a daunting process. While you may be curious about the topic you are investigating, this excitement is often tempered with a sense of being overcome by the processes involved in undertaking the research. How do you know what you need to know ...

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