Doing Your Early Years Research Project

16th – 24th February 2019

Whether you have an early years research project coming up or you’re simply interested in the idea of it here is a great place to start.

In this SAGE Early Years Masterclass Kathy Brodie is in conversation with a range of experts in early years research readily asking the questions any first-timer will have on their mind.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to learn from the masters of early years research.

The Masterclass is now over - but you can buy online access to all the recordings for one year (plus all the interview transcripts) for just £50


Our Host

Kathy Brodie

Our host for the Masterclass is well known Early Years author and expert, Kathy Brodie.

She’s the author of multiple books on Early Years childcare and is the founder and organiser of the Early Years Summit– the leading free online CPD resource for Early Years Practitioners and Educators globally.

She’s also created a number of online training courses covering Observation Assessment and Planning, Sustained Shared Thinking and Schematic play. 

Our Expert Speakers

Prof. Cathy Nutbrown

Mel Gibson

Sue Miller

Guy Roberts-Holmes

Rosie Walker

Carla Solvason

Polly Bolshaw

Jo Josephidou

Ioanna Palaiologou

Denise Reardon

Dilys Wilson

Dympna Reed

Penny Mukherji

Deborah Albon

The Masterclass Broadcast Schedule

Each interview will be posted on the day, as per the schedule below, and then available to watch until the end of the Masterclass on Sunday 24th February

Feb 16

Professor Cathy Nutbrown

  • The purposes of Early Childhood research.
  • How research differs to every day practice and the variety of research projects
  • The importance of continuing research for the benefits of children

Carla Solvason

  • What is meant by respectful research?
  • How to include the voice of others, including children’s voice
  • Effective collaboration with children and others during research
Feb 17

Ioanna Palaiologou

  • What are the ethical implications throughout your research project?
  • The importance of ethics of consent during research
  • How to create a joint ethical framework with staff

Rosie Walker

  • Producing a good literature review
  • Practical techniques to help keep track of references
  • How to identify potential gaps in your literature review
Feb 18

Guy Roberts-Holmes

  • What is meant by ‘observations’ in research terms?
  • How observing is different to looking and listening
  • Recording observations in a way that is useful for research purposes

Penny Mukherji & Deborah Albon

  • Some of the creative methods in research
  • Benefits and challenges of creative methods
  • Some of the ethical considerations of research
Feb 19

Guy Roberts-Holmes

  • How to justify your research methods for your early childhood research project
  • Explaining qualitative and quantitative research approaches
  • The difference between method and methodology

Denise Reardon, Dilys Wilson and Dympna Reed

  • Definitions and discussion around reflective practice
  • Using and adapting traditional reflective practice frameworks for Early Years research
  • The benefits of practice based enquiry
Feb 20

Sue Miller and Mel Gibson

  • How to write a good assignment, including structure and references
  • What is scholarly writing?
  • What is plagiarism?

Jo Josephidou and Polly Bolshaw

  • What do we mean by the ‘Language of research’
  • Some of the specific terminology including confusing language
  • The importance of having a shared, academic language
Feb 21

Professor Cathy Nutbrown

  • Themes in early childhood research
  • What the future may hold for future research
  • Changes in concepts around Early Childhood

Here's Why You Should Attend The SAGE Early Years Masterclass

Attend from the comfort of your own home or setting 

There's no travel or hotels to book, saving you money and avoiding you having to take time off work or study.

All the expert interviews can be viewed from home, your setting, or anywhere with an internet connection.

Watch at your convenience

The expert interview videos will be available online so you can watch them at your own convenience. Each interview will be live from the time it's broadcast to the end of the Masterclass. You can watch the interviews completely free at any time during that period.

And if you get the All-Access Pass, you’ll have access to all the interviews for a full year.

Once-in-a-lifetime speakers

You won't find such an incredible lineup of early years research experts with in-depth knowledge at any other event. We have hand picked speakers to make sure you receive the best first-hand guidance on embarking on your research journey.

High quality training for your continuing professional development 

For many practitioners it's so hard to get access to high quality CPD at a reasonable price. This Masterclass gives you the opportunity to learn from the best in the field – true masters at early years research who will help you understand research and the essential skills you need to take that first step towards conducting your own.