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Methodological development through critical reflections on a study focusing on daily valuable encounters in early childhood settings
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of applied educational science. (RECEUM)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4388-7970
Linköping University, Sweden.
2022 (English)In: Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, ISSN 1463-9491, E-ISSN 1463-9491Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This article focuses on the methodological experiences that emerged from a study investigating how teachers valued their daily encounters with children in early childhood education. Early childhood teachers often balance the demands of documentation with time spent with children, so have little time to reflect on their practice. Furthermore, participation in research projects tends to be both time-consuming and distracting from the practitioners’ perspective, without providing immediate opportunities for professional development. The purpose of this article is to elaborate on the use of a mixed-methods approach that combines a quantitative digital tool (an application) for collecting data with the use of short qualitative interviews in order to explore methodological aspects in educational research. The pros of this mixed-methods approach include flexibility, the instant overview of data, and the reflective potential offered to the participants, as well as the researchers. The teachers had the opportunity to ‘set the agenda’ when giving their own definitions of valuable encounters and then reflect on their experiences in their own words. This gave them a strong voice. The main risks of this method concern the dependence on technical devices and software. The authors argue that there is potential in the reflective methodology used in this study to bring research and practice closer in comprehensive knowledge creation. This methodology offers a respectful way to gather information from practice and simultaneously provide opportunities to change.

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digital tool, educational research, mixed methods, professional reflection
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-200268DOI: 10.1177/14639491221129192ISI: 000865854700001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85139665971OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-200268DiVA, id: diva2:1703632
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