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Marjorie Faulstich Orellana & Karisa Peer

In: The SAGE Handbook of Early Childhood Literacy

Chapter 35: Methodologies of Early Childhood Research

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Methodologies of Early Childhood Research
Methodologies of early childhood research
Marjorie FaulstichOrellana and KarisaPeer
Introduction

In this chapter we examine the methodologies that have been used to conduct early childhood literacy research during the past decade (2000–2010). In a comparative analysis of publications in five major literacy journals, we focus on general methodologies, considering how qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods researchers have addressed particular kinds of questions.

We begin by situating early childhood literacy within the broader field of literacy research, in order to examine whether or not early literacy studies in this time period follow the same general patterns employed in research with older youth. Then, focusing on the early childhood research articles, we identify the major kinds of research questions that have been asked in the field, and ...

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