‘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

Beginning the Research Journey: Determining your Point of Departure

Beginning the Research Journey: Determining your Point of Departure

This chapter outlines what is required when beginning a research project. It provides guidance on selecting a topic for the study, determining the aims of the research, framing research questions and developing a research proposal. To help make the practical application of the information more understandable, we present the thinking of Amy and Lara about their research journeys. This gives an insight into the process of topic selection and the beginning stages of the research journey they each experienced.

Key Chapter Questions are

  • Where do I start?
  • How do I select a topic?
  • How do I define the aim(s) of the research?
  • How do I frame research questions?
  • What is the purpose of a research proposal and how do I develop ...
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