‘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

Why Become Involved in Research in Early Childhood?

This introductory chapter outlines the context and importance of research in the early childhood field. It introduces the early childhood landscape, providing an historical account of how it has been positioned and what has been privileged. This provides the context within which the challenges specific to early childhood research are located. The sensitivities surrounding researching with young children in early childhood settings are acknowledged as needing thoughtful consideration in the research design and research process.

Key Chapter Questions are

  • Why research?
  • What do I need to understand about the nature of research?
  • Why research in early childhood?
  • What do I need to know about the early childhood field so that I can understand the current context?
  • How have children been viewed?
  • What are ...
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