Year
2021
Units
4.5
Contact
1 x 2-hour seminar weekly
1 x 10-hour practical per semester
Prerequisites
1 Admission into BEDPRBA-Bachelor of Education (Primary), Bachelor of Arts
1a Admission into BEDECBA-Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood), Bachelor of Arts
1b Admission into MTPR-Master of Teaching (Primary)
1c Admission into BEDECSEBDS-B Education (Early Childhood & Special Ed), B Disability Studies
1d Admission into BEDPRSEBDS-B Education (Primary R-7 & Special Ed), B Disability Studies
1e Admission into BECE-Bachelor of Early Childhood Education - Birth to 8
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a or 1b or 1c or 1d or 1e))
Topic description

In Australia and beyond, there is interest in how young children can be included as active participants in research. This topic engages students with these issues by involving them in the design, implementation, analysis and discussion of a small scale research project involving young children. Particular attention is paid to the ethics of research with young children. Strategies for including young children's voice at each stage of the research process are evaluated and trialled.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Introduce students to the concept of researching with young children as differentiated from research on young children
  • Provide students with the skills necessary to conduct a small research project with young children that is of limited scope
  • Examine the particular ethical issues of researching with young children aged birth to 8 years
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Identify a researchable issue and complete a literature review
  2. Design a small scale research project with young children
  3. Identify and respond to the ethical issues associated with researching with young children
  4. Implement a small scale research project with young children
  5. Analyse the data collected using simple qualitative or quantitative methods
  6. Interpret the data and draw appropriate conclusions
  7. Present the findings of the research in an appropriate format