Learning from Young Children in the Classroom: The Art and Science of Teacher Research / Edition 1

Learning from Young Children in the Classroom: The Art and Science of Teacher Research / Edition 1

by Daniel Meier
     
 

"The ultimate goal of all types of educational research is to improve practice so that it is increasingly effective in influencing children's growth, development, and learning.... The ideas, examples, stories, and suggestions and guidelines included here offer real promise for the improvements that we are all striving for so intensely."

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"The ultimate goal of all types of educational research is to improve practice so that it is increasingly effective in influencing children's growth, development, and learning.... The ideas, examples, stories, and suggestions and guidelines included here offer real promise for the improvements that we are all striving for so intensely."

This practical resource is a comprehensive introduction to envisioning and carrying out high-quality teacher research in early childhood settings. The text features original research projects by teachers working with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and primary-age children. With special attention given to multicultural and multilingual classrooms, the authors examine forms of children's play, social interaction, and friendships, language and literacy learning, as well as work with parents and families. This how-to guide provides: Specific examples and strategies to help teachers start their own teacher research projects and collaborative groups. A history of teacher research with links to early childhood practice. Effective tools for identifying a research question, data collection, data analysis, and dissemination. Helpful illustrations and examples of children's art.

About the Author:
Daniel Meier is Associate Professor of Elementary Education at San Francisco State University

About the Author:
Barbara Herderson is also Associate Professor of Elementary Education at San Francisco State University

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807747674
Publisher:
Teachers College Press
Publication date:
04/28/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
216
Sales rank:
1,033,883
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.54(d)

Table of Contents


Foreword   Lillian G. Katz     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction     1
Framing Inquiry-And Staying Close to Children     5
Teacher Research and Early Childhood Practice     5
Teacher Research and Early Childhood Curricula and Philosophies     15
The Process of Inquiry-The Art of Doing Teacher Research     33
Finding a Path of Inquiry     33
Research Questions     35
Data Collection-Finding the Little Gems     41
Understanding Your Data Through Documentation     44
Using Teacher Research to Understand and Promote Children's Play and Interaction     56
Toddlers-Building Community Through Play     57
Promoting More Sophisticated Play and Interaction in Preschool     60
Teacher Research and Understanding Children's Language Development     82
Children's Language and the Language of Teacher Research     82
Collecting and Analyzing Data on the Language Experiences of Infants     83
Toddlers-Entering Worlds of Discovery and Learning     93
Teacher Research and Children's Projects and Literacy Learning     107
Understanding Children's Project-Based Learning     108
Researching Children's Storytelling and StoryDramatization     116
Reconceptualizing Children's Early Literacy Development     126
Forms of Writing About and Disseminating Teacher Research     146
Innovative Ways to Write About Teacher Research     148
Narrative Inquiry-The Value for Teacher Research     152
Integrating Poetry, Memoir, and Stories     155
Using Stories, Photographs, and Artwork     159
Using Audit Trails as Analytical Graphics     167
Future Directions for Teacher Research in Early Childhood Education     175
Forms and Functions of Early Childhood Teacher Research     175
Why Do Teacher Research in Early Childhood Education?     176
Where Do We Go From Here?     178
References     185
Index     193
About the Authors     199

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