Insightful and relevant, Using Evidence for Advocacy and Resistance in Early Years Services supports practitioners working in Early Years settings to develop the knowledge and skills required to carry out research into their own practice. Based on the renowned Pen Green approach, which advocates that co-constructed practitioner- and parent-led research leads to more effective practice and improved outcomes for all, contributors to this fascinating book explore a variety of research methodologies and techniques that have been used and developed over thirty years of provision at the Pen Green Centre for Children and Families.
The Pen Green Centre are leaders in the area of participatory research, and for many readers this book will be a primer in this new and developing approach. This practical text, which uses highly inclusive research methods, shows how providing opportunities for workers, researchers, parents, practitioners and children to co-construct the research gives it an authenticity and validity which would otherwise be lacking. Using Evidence for Advocacy and Resistance in Early Years Services will be of use to practitioners working in early years settings, researchers in early childhood education and policy-makers at all levels of local and national government.
Table of Contents
Preface: A review of the Pen Green Research Paradigm, Professor Colin Fletcher Introduction, Margy Whalley 1. Supporting children’s transitions within a nursery school, Julie Medhurst 2. Multiple Perspectives, Colette Tait & Penny Lawrence 3. Using Attachment Theory to inform practice in an integrated centre for children and families, Natasha Charlwood & Howard Steele 4. Polyvocal ethnography: making sense of practices, Cath Arnold & Carmel Brennan 5. Making Children’s Learning Visible: uncovering the curriculum in the child, Kate Hayward & Eddie McKinnon 6. Parent-to-Parent interviewing at Pen Green: voice, richness, depth, Eddie McKinnon 7. A Week in the Life of the Pen Green Centre: Mass-Observation comes to Corby, Eddie McKinnon 8. Localised ethnography, local advocacy and community development: touching, and being touched by, your community, Joanne Armstrong & Eddie McKinnon 9. Narrative Enquiry: the architecture of access, Kate Hayward 10. The voices of their childhoods: families and early years practitioners developing emancipator methodologies through a Tracer Study, Margy Whalley, Cath Arnold, Penny Lawrence, Sally Peerless
Eddie McKinnon is a researcher and workforce development advisor at the Pen Green Research Base, UK.