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2013, Volume 16, Research Articles

Observation - An Effective Research Tool or a Rude Intrusion?

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Jenkin, C. (2013). Observation: Effective research tool or rude intrusion? NZ Research in Early Childhood Education, 16, 63 - 70. 

 

Abstract

This article discusses observation as a method of collecting data in early childhood research. 

Observation has become a common mode of early childhood education practice, mostly to assess children’s learning, which has particularly become prevalent since the introduction of learning stories (Blaiklock, 2008; Carr et al., 2000). However, in my doctoral project observation as a tool for data collection raised several issues such as power and ownership. 

In this research note I will critique observation as a method of research and discuss the implications of this as a research practice.

Key words:  Observation; action research; research practice.

 


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