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The practising professional as researcher

The practising professional as researcher

Key Ideas Explored in this Chapter

  • how a practitioner becomes a researcher
  • what research is and what it is for
  • what ‘action’ or ‘practitioner’ research might look like
  • an approach to carrying out an initial research project.


Much has been written about research methods, methodology, ethical issues and analysis of findings. The idea of carrying out research can be daunting but in fact ECEC professionals are actually already doing so as part of their ongoing interactions, assessments and evaluations that inform their thinking and planning. Hopefully, this chapter will allow you to see that as a practitioner you have spent many hours observing and analysing how children learn and how you progress this learning. This chapter is intended to ...

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