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‘A day in the life’: advancing a methodology for the cultural study of development and learning in early childhood

Gillen, Julia; Cameron, Catherine Ann; Tapanya, Sombat; Pinto, Giuliana; Hancock, Roger; Young, Susan and Accorti Gamannossi, Beatrice (2007). ‘A day in the life’: advancing a methodology for the cultural study of development and learning in early childhood. Early Child Development and Care, 177(2) pp. 207–218.

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This paper explores the methodology of an ecological investigation of aspects of culture in the interactional construction of early childhood in diverse global communities: Peru, Italy, Canada, Thailand, and the United Kingdom. Regarding culture as a dynamic dimension of the child's socialisation, the approach taken was to film a ‘day in the life’ of a two‐and‐a‐half‐year‐old girl in each location. The principal investigators viewed these five ‘days’ and selected clips were made into a compilation tape, to be interrogated and interpreted by the local investigators and the child's family. These latter reflections were also taped and then applied to a growing appreciation of the child in cultural context. Other inter‐researcher techniques were used to elucidate and explore events and values further. Reflexive concerns as to the interplay between aims and methods in interpretive research are critical components of this endeavour to develop new cultural understandings of the girls in context.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 1476-8275
Keywords: culture; girls; interpretive research; methodology; video
Academic Unit/Department: Education and Language Studies > Centre for Language and Communication
Education and Language Studies
Education and Language Studies > Education
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 6467
Depositing User: Julia Gillen
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2007
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2016 16:25
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