Studying Children is the first book of its kind to offer a theoretical and practical discussion of how to undertake research using cultural-historical theory when researching the everyday lives of children.
. . The authors discuss the complexities of child development, providing a critique of alternative perspectives of research and notions of development. They provide a number of case studies following researchers in early childhood as they move from a developmental approach to a cultural-historical framework for observing and planning for young children.
. . The chapters:
Provide a solid framework for understanding the foundations of this approach.
Address the importance of viewing research as an interactive technique.
Offer guidance on how to collect and interpret material.
Show how to make observations of and interviews with children, within a dialectical research approach.
Present examples of how to write and present findings using this technique
. . The book is rich with examples of how to undertake specific methods, such as surveys, experiments, case studies, digital video observations, interviews, and children as researchers.
. . Studying Children is a valuable resource for academics, researchers and students working in the field of Early and Middle Childhood at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
Table of contents Chapter 1 Developmental Psychology and Childhood Education as Areas of Research Mariane Hedegaard, Marilyn Fleer, Jytte Bang and Pernille Hviid
Chapter 2 Basic Conceptions in a Cultural-Historical Theory of Children's Development Mariane Hedegaard
Chapter 3 Methodological considerations for a dialectical-interactive research approach to children's development Mariane Hedegaard
Chapter 4 Differences between Protocol Collecting and Interpretation Mariane Hedegaard
Chapter 5 The dialectical relations between the child's perspective, the institutional perspective and the researcher's perspective Marilyn Fleer
Chapter 6 Dialogue between institutional practices analysed through child, family and teacher perspectives Marilyn Fleer
Chapter 7 The relations between cultural-historical theory, methodology and digital video methods Marilyn Fleer
Chapter 8 Studying Developmental Novelty in the Activity Setting - An Environmental Affordance Perspective Jytte Bang
Chapter 9 Developmental Interviews with Children Pernille Hviid
Chapter 10 The Questionnaire as a Tool for Researching Children's Perspective in Institutional Practices Jytte Bang and Mariane Hedegaard
Chapter 11 The Educational Experiment Mariane Hedegaard
Chapter 12 The Role of the Researcher in Studying Children's Everyday Lives Mariane Hedegaard