A Day in the Life
"A Day in the Life" is an ecological approach to studying thriving young children. Three international teams of researchers have been involved with the work since its origins in 2002 and there have been other offshoots. At the centre of the innovative project methodology is the videoing of 'A Day in the Life' of children and youth, and then theiterative reviewing of some of that data with project participants.
Using a range of visual methods, the second project explores the resilience of adolescents in diverse locations around the globe as well. Teenagers in four locations in Canada partnered with in four locations abroad (China, Thailand, India and South Africa) are being studied to determine the themes emerging from observing the days in their lives that indicate the roots of their thriving. This team’s research can be accessed here through the Resilience Research Centre at Dalhousie University in Halifax Nova Scotia. Themes of the contributions to thriving of traditional culture, identities, security strivings, and humour are emerging in this work.
The third initiative is studying a ‘day in the life’ of children in transition to school, and in particular, transitions of children from cultures different from the culture of the larger community in which the school is located. This project engages scholars and early years educators in six cultural contexts chosen for their initiatives in fostering vibrant transitional experiences in transitions to school.
In 2016 the project methodology was adopted by Working Group 1 Digital literacy in homes and communities of the COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) programme The Digital Literacy and Multimodal Practices of Young Children
International Perspectives on Early Childhood Research: A Day in the Life
The project has published many journal papers, book chapters and contributed to international conferences (see the publications page). A book consolidating the work of the original project was published in 2010 by Palgrave Macmillan. A flyer with order form.
Editors: J. Gillen and C.A. Cameron. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
The International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies calls the book "exciting....thoughtful and innovative" here.
Honig, M-S. (2012) Review of International Perspectives on Early Childhood Research: A day in the life. (eds J. Gillen & C.A. Cameron) Childhood 19 (2) 280-282.
Ross, J. (2011) Review Infant and Child Development 20: 347-348.
Robson, S. (2011) Review of International Perspectives on Early Childhood Research: A day in the life. (eds J. Gillen & C.A. Cameron) Early Years: Journal of International Research & Development 31 (1) 101-102.
The project also led to another project that developed its methodology in new directions. Susan Young directed MyPlace: MyMusic: an international project to explore everyday music in the home among seven-year-olds in diverse locations, including Brazil, Singapore and Kenya. The key publication from this project is Children's Home Musical Experiences Across the World, edited by Susan Young and Beatriz Illari, published by Indiana University Press in 2016.
Last updated: 11 November 2016
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