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In the early years sector of education, all practitioners are now expected to engage in work-based research,as a means of improving practice and demonstrating leadership. Using examples from recent practitioner projects, Work-Based Research in the Early Years focuses on the development of research in practice and how it can work in a variety of settings.With the aim of clarifying themes and concepts for inexperienced researchers, the text explores principles underpinning research, supported by case studies, which will be of particular relevance to students undertaking their own small-scale investigations. Further reading on research methodology is also included.Chapters are organized under three headings: planning for research, doing research, and learning from research. Concentrating on action research, this book provides practitioners and undergraduates with a greater understanding of the position of the researcher, how to facilitate research and how to ensure it underpins raising achievement and change in the workplace. There is an emphasis on the impact of research on practice, illustrated through reflection.

Introduction: Work-Based Research in the Early Years – Positioning Yourself as a Researcher
Introduction: Work-based research in the early years – Positioning yourself as a researcher
MichaelReed and SueCallan

This book seeks to explain in practical terms the process that practitioners experience as they engage in ‘research’ – a word used interchangeably in the book alongside ‘enquiry’, ‘evaluation’ or ‘investigations’. We also add ‘practice-based’ or ‘work-based’ to give emphasis to the way it is rooted in early years settings. The book has a distinct focus on process which we see as an extension of ‘intuitive’ and reflective practice which is at the heart of continued professional development. This is not (nor does it wish to be) a book that tells you ‘how to write a dissertation’. Indeed, ...

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