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Educational Research with Our Youngest

Voices of Infants and Toddlers

Johansson, Eva, White, Jayne (Eds.)

2011, XX, 208 p.

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  • Presents a novel research methodology with very young children
  • Deeply discusses ontological and theoretical issues of doing research with very young children
  • Addresses ethical issues of doing research with young children

Interpreting the voices of under three year olds is central to early childhood education. Yet entering into their life-worlds is fraught with challenges and unrealised possibilities. This ground-breaking book generates a dialogue about the multiple ways researchers have exploited a range of methods for approaching, accessing, understanding and interpreting infant voice. Each chapter explores the kinds of ethical considerations and dilemmas that may arise in this process. The book itself represents a chorus of international voices (researchers, children, teachers and parents), all adding to a discussion about various circumstances, dilemmas and possibilities involved in doing research with our youngest. This book is an essential read for researchers and teachers alike who seek to 'listen' and 'see' very young children with fresh ears and eyes.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » approaches - brain development - child care - cultural contexts - early childhood education - ethical concerns - ethical dilemmas - infancy - infants and toddlers - methodology - observation methods - research - research ethics - teachers - theory - toddler hood - toddlers - young children

Related subjects » Education & Language - Learning & Instruction

Table of contents 

Foreword; Eva Johansson and E. Jayne White.- Prologue; Jean Rockel.- 1. Introduction: Giving Words to Children’s Voices in Research; Eva Johansson.- 2. Two Steps Back: Using Bourdieu’s Theory of Practice to Explore Observer Identity and Presence; Sheila Degotardi.- Commentary by Cecilia Wallerstedt, Niklas Pramling & Ingrid Pramling Samuelsson.- 3. Investigating Morality in Toddler’s Life-worlds; Eva Johansson.- Commentary by Gloria Quiñones.- 4. “Seeing” the toddler: Voices or Voiceless?; E. Jayne White.- Commentary by Gunvor Løkken.- 5. Embodied Voices and Voicing Embodied Knowing: Accessing and Developing Young Children’s Aesthetic Movement Skills; Cecilia Wallerstedt, Niklas Pramling & Ingrid Pramling Samuelsson.- Commentary by Sheila Degotardi.- 6. “Visual Vivencias”: A Cultural-Historical Theorisation of Researching with Very Young Children; Gloria Quiñones and Marilyn Fleer.- Commentary by E. Jayne White.- 7. Taking a “Generous” Approach in Research with Young Children; Alison Stephenson.- Commentary by Eva Johansson.- 8. “Lived Observation”: The Experience of Being a Body-Subject-Observer Among Body-Subject-Toddlers; Gunvor Løkken.- Commentary by Alison Stephenson.- 9. Conclusion: Lessons Learnt and Future Provocations; E. Jayne White.- Index.       

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