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Palgrave Macmillan

Research Partnerships in Early Childhood Education

Teachers and Researchers in Collaboration

ISBN 9781137350671
Publication Date November 2013
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

How can teachers deepen their understanding of their work? How can researchers make sure their work is grounded in and responsive to community needs? In this assemblage of rich examples of partnership research in early years education, Duncan and Conner set out how early childhood teachers and researchers can work in partnerships that benefit them both. Drawing on examples of successful partnerships from Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, they tell the stories of the successes, struggles, insights, and opportunities that come from working in such partnerships. Each chapter describes its own political, social, cultural and educational contexts, identifying the importance of complementary and reciprocal expertise required to solve educational puzzles. Through skillful analysis, this volume demonstrates how collaborative research on early childhood education results in gains for educators, researchers, and children alike.

Judith Duncan is an Associate Professor of Education at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. She is a co-editor of Comparative Early Childhood Education Services: International Perspectives (2012).

Lindsey Conner is an Associate Professor of Education at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. She is the Director of the Science and Technology Education Research Lab at the University of Canterbury.

Foreword 1; Maggie McLure
Foreword 2; Richard Johnson
1. Introduction; Lindsey Conner and Judith Duncan
2. Re-generating Research Partnerships in Early Childhood Education: A Non-Idealized Vision; Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw and Fikile Nxumalo
3. Attunement of Knowledge Forms: The Relational Agency of Researchers, Policy Writers, and Early Childhood Educators; Marilyn Fleer
4. Developing Effective Research-Practice Partnerships: Lessons From a Decade of Partnering with Schools in Poor Urban Communities; Mei Lai and Stuart McNaughton
5. Partnership in Promoting Literacy: An Exploration of Two Studies; Claire McLachlan, Alison Arrow, and Judy Watson
6. Ko koe ki tēna, ko ahau ki tēnei kīwai o te kete: Exploring Collaboration Across a Range of Recent Early Childhood Studies; Jenny Ritchie, Janita Craw, Cheryl Rau, and Iris Duhn
7. An Ongoing Exploration of Uncertainty: Ethical Identities - Ours and Children's; Kim Atkinson and Enid Elliott with input from the Victoria IQ group
8. But It's No Use Going Back To Yesterday, Because I Was A Different Person Then (Says Alice From Alice's Adventures In Wonderland); Judith Duncan
9. Conclusion: Research Partnerships in Early Years Education; Judith Duncan and Lindsey Conner

Alison Arrow, College of Education, Massey University, New Zealand
Kim Atkinson, Victoria Learning Circle, Canada
Janita Craw, School of Education, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
Dr Iris Duhn, Faculty of Education, Monash University, Australia
Enid Elliot, University of Victoria, Canada
Marilyn Fleer, Monash University, Australia
Richard Johnson, University of Hawaii, USA
Mei Kuin Lai, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Maggie MacLure, Educational and Social Research Institute, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
Claire McLachlan, College of Education, Massey University, New Zealand
Stuart McNaughton, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Fikile Nxumalo, University of Victoria, Canada
Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw, University of Victoria, Canada
Cheryl Rau, The New Zealand Childcare Association
Jennie Ritchie, Unitec Institute of Technology, New Zealand
Judy Watson, Ruahine Kindergarten Association, New Zealand


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