ERIC Number: ED377948
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Daghemsvistelse I Retrospektivt Perspektiv: En teori- och metodprovande studie (Daycare in Retrospect).
This Swedish language report describes a preliminary study to test a retrospective life-history-inspired approach to studying children's experiences in a day care center, and whether children's experiences vary in different educational contexts and in relation to the teachers' experiences. The theoretical part of the study dealt with theories of developmental psychology and of memory theory as well as sociological theory. The empirical part of the study included 12 former preschool children in three age groups, 10, 15 and 20 years of age, and 2 preschool teachers, all with experience at the same day care center. The method tested was a retrospective life-history-inspired interview with stimulated recall: a tour of the day care center. The study showed that this method gives access to varied and profound memories from the preschool period and that it gives both an individual and a collective meaning from the children's perspective. The preliminary results underline the importance of peers. Both agreement and non-agreement between different informants were important. Another preliminary result indicated that children and preschool teachers have a shared, overall picture of the emotional atmosphere in the educational context. This overall picture varies in different contexts at different times. Self concept, memory, and time axis are concepts common to the different theories and may be used to analyze children's day care center experiences and their long-term effects. Contains 130 references. (Author/HTH)
Descriptors: Adults, Children, Classroom Environment, Day Care Centers, Day Care Effects, Developmental Psychology, Early Experience, Foreign Countries, Interviews, Long Term Memory, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Preschool Teachers, Recall (Psychology), Research Methodology, Stimuli, Test Validity
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Linkoping Univ. (Sweden). Dept. of Education and Psychology.
Identifiers - Location: Sweden