Chapter 20: Writing up and sharing your findings

Test your understanding of each chapter by taking the quiz below. Click anywhere on the question to reveal the answer. Good luck!

1. What is an abstract?

  1. A short footnote in the text of your work
  2. A chance to acknowledge those who have helped you in your research project, placed at the beginning of the written-up project
  3. A brief resume of the study to entice the reader to read more
  4. An introduction to the research

Ans: C

2.  What should always be included in an introduction?

  1. Detail of your research findings
  2. Your interview schedule (or detail of any other research instruments)
  3. A rationale for conducting the study and key research questions
  4. Recommendations for early childhood practice in detail

Ans: C

3. What is a literature review?

  1. A place to provide autobiographic detail
  2. A place to outline all the reading you have done in your studies
  3. A place to link your reading to your research findings
  4. A place to discuss literature which helps to frame your study

Ans: D

4. Where is a literature review typically found in written-up research?

  1. Before the methodology chapter
  2. After the findings chapter
  3. In the appendices
  4. Integrated into the data analysis

Ans: A

5. What would you expect to find in a methodology chapter in a piece of empirical research?

  1. Detail of the methodological approach taken
  2. Detail of the methods employed
  3. Detail of ethical considerations linked to the research project
  4. All of these

Ans: D

6. Should data and discussion of data be presented as two separate chapters?

  1. Never. They are inappropriate for early childhood research
  2. Always. Students tend to undertake qualitative research projects
  3. Possibly, depending on the kind of research undertaken and tutor advice
  4. Possibly, depending if there is time to complete two chapters as opposed to one larger chapter

Ans: C

7. What should a conclusion chapter contain?

  1. A sense of the research story
  2. A summary of the key findings
  3. Reflection on what these findings mean
  4. Discussion of possible implications for practice or future research
  5. All of these

Ans: E

8. Having read the chapter, what do Mukherji and Albon advise in relation to using ‘I’ when writing up research?

  1. You should always use the personal pronoun when writing up research as it reflects that it is a personal piece of work
  2. Writing seems far too ‘chatty’ if you use ‘I’ when writing. In order to write academically use of ‘I’ should always be avoided
  3. If talking about the decisions you made in research and your own viewpoint, it is hard to avoid use of ‘I’ and it does not necessarily mean lack of academic tone if used judiciously (but do ask your tutor!)
  4. You could be in danger of failing a module if you use the personal pronoun in your work. You will never see academic journal articles using ‘I’

Ans: C