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space.gif Understanding Qualitative and Quantitative Research in Early Childhood Education

William L. Goodwin and Laura D. Goodwin
Early Childhood Education Series
Pub Date: 1996, 208 pages

Paperback: $21.95, ISBN: 0807735477
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What are the fundamental elements of good quantitative and qualitative research? What are the strengths and weaknesses of each approach? What does research offer early childhood education? Are quantitative and qualitative approaches compatible?

This book presents the research process and its components in a straightforward, easily accessible manner. Using real examples from early childhood education, authors William L. Goodwin and Laura D. Goodwin "bring to life" for the first time the various methods of research and how they may be studied and applied. They explore the major aspects of both quantitative and qualitative paradigms and techniques, stressing the compatibility and complementary nature of the two approaches that are so often seen as mutually exclusive if not downright contradictory.

Chapters: Research and Its Role in Early Childhood Education • An Overview of the Research Endeavor • Types of Quantitative Research • Measurement and Data Analysis in Quantitative Research • Types of Qualitative Research • Data Collection and Data Analysis in Qualitative Research • Integrating Quantitative and Qualitative Research

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