I need you to write part of an academic research proposal- the methodology/methods part.

I need you to write an academic research proposal for my dissertation. I have already chosen a topic which is: 'Working in partnership with parents to support children's learning in a nursery setting: a professional and personal perspective'

I have chosen four research questions and decided that I am going to conduct my research using the methods of a semi-structured interview with practitioners in a nursery setting and a focus group with parents who wish to participate also in the nursery setting, collecting qualitative data.

I am upto the 'methodology' part of this research proposal and need real help. It needs to be 2000-2500 words long. Include references from valuable sources such as books/brooks and journal articles and be reference according to Harvard style.

A guide to what needs to be included:

- Interpretivism versus positivism.

The cause and effect

Truths revealed by experiment


Social science versus natural sciences

Which paradigm is more suited to childhood studies? Are any shared meanings of "interpretivism" possible? (What is the problem?)

If not what is the point in researching if everyone will understand the world differently?

How do we deal with infinite subjectivities in research?

How can we capture meanings and interpretations?

As a researcher, acknowledge these limitations

- Introduction staying clearly what your going to be talking about

- Methodology- research paradigm that underpins the research

What do you understand by the term paradigm?

Demonstrate your understanding of the different ways that research is used to 'make sense' of the world

Ontological issues- debates surround the nature of existence and wether reality exists separately from our perception of it

Epistemological issues- what can we know?

Are there definitive facts, truths, certainties that are unchanging and that can be accessed provided that we seek to explore them systematically?

Or are all truths and facts only temporary? Only to be understood in terms of present understandings and our own interpretations?

How do we define truth and construct knowledge? E.g Father Christmas, 'politicians are corrupt', children are essentially innocent

We will all have different ontological and epistemological views

- Methods used

Discussion of proposed research methods to use

Discuss and justify methods used

Validity- do your research methods measure what they are supposed to measure?

How do you know this? Importance, value of research pilot studies

Reliability- the extent to which the methods yield similar results each time (repeatability)

- Ethical considerations

Issues of consent, confidentiality and anonymity. Consider how realistic it is to reconcile this with research

Reciprocity; what do participants gain from my research?

Intervention and advocacy; what do I do if i see harmful behaviour or hear sensitive (illegal) disclosures when gathering my research?

Will my research cause any 'harm'?

Are there conflicts of interest?

Who has power? (Especially with children)

The importance of assent/consent

Making it clear that participants can drop out at any time (as stated on informations sheets given to all participants)

Who to get permission from? (Often the setting)

Who owns the data?

How will findings be used

Honesty and trust

Any sensitive issues? If any, will be addressed on ethics for

- procedures

Where did the research take place and why?

How was it facilitated?

Time frame?

Implications of data collection

This is just a guide and what I have been given to go off but if you think it is wrong or know how to do it or arrange it better than I would be more than happy for you to do it the way you feel is right and will get me the best mark possible.

This work needs to be done ASAP

Skills: English (UK), Research, Research Writing

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