A Day in the Life
Three international teams of researchers explore the worlds of thriving young children, taking an ecological approach. At the centre of the innovative project methodology is the videoing of 'A Day in the Life' of children and youth.
The second project explores using a range of visual methods 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.
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.In 2015 a revised edition was published in Italian: Gillen, J. and Cameron, C.A. (2015) "Un giorno nella vita" Percosi internationali di ricerca della prima infanzia. Edizione Italiana a cura di Giuliana Pinto e Monica Toselli. Firenze: Seid.
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 has also led to another project that develop its methodology in new directions. Susan Young is leading MyPlace: MyMusic: an international project to explore everyday music in the home among seven-year-olds in diverse locations, including Brazil, Singapore and Kenya.
Last updated: 5 October 2015
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