Innovative methods for studying children’s everyday life

Innovative methods for studying children’s everyday life

Tiina Lämsä

In this seminar, Dr Lämsä discussed the process of the data collection methods, tools and choices for studying children’s daily lives.

This seminar/webinar was held on Friday 31st March 2017.

The last few decades have witnessed many changes in families and children’s lives. Therefore, in family studies we should deepen our understanding of the everyday practices in which children and families are engaged, such as doings, emotions, interaction, daily relationships, coordinates of time and space, routines and rules. When focusing on daily life, the researcher faces a methodological question: in what ways can the relevant aspects of daily life be captured in an ecologically valid way? Research methods employing the new technology may be found especially interesting by children. Family Research Centre, University of Jyväskylä has contributed to this development work by creating a new tool, the mobile diary.

In our multidisciplinary project “Daily transitions, children in multiple family forms (DALFA)” emphasis is on everyday activities, daily emotions, social relationships and different resources of children with an innovative internet based method using voice and visual material. The data was collected from 215 Finnish children aged 6-7 years with special focus on transition from pre-school to the first grade in elementary school. As a sub-study of the project teachers will also be interviewed in Finland, China, Tanzania, Japan, Australia and Spain.

In this seminar, Dr Lämsä will discuss the process of the data collection methods and methodological possibilities, tools and choices for studying children’s daily lives in institutional settings.

About the presenters

Tiina Lämsä (M.Ed.) is a visiting researcher at the Research School of Population Health (ANU College of Medicine, Biology & Environment Canberra) from the University of Jyväskylä, Family Research Centre (Finland).

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