I have read your paper with great interest. I appreciate the way that you have drawn on authors from around the world, and that you are sharing your practice in Turkey with us through this international forum. I see that Je Kan has already replied from cold Japan; I am replying from a hot summer in New Zealand!
Your work resonated for me because of work that I did when I was in Staff Development in our local polytechnic. Our unit was located within the School of Education, part of which comprised the Early Childhood Development team, for whom I taught a paper on action research. The polytechnic had been offering degrees for around ten years when the work I'm about to refer to happened. Staff were supposed to be doing research, but many were very apprehensive about this, having little experience of research methods or ways of writing up. Because of my work in the School, I was aware that they had implemented a "Sensori Saturday" which sounds very much like the 'be a child for one day' that you describe in your paper. I worked with the team leader to construct a paper as though the Sensori Saturday had been a pre-considered action research project. The aim was to show them (a) that their work was suitable data for research papers and (b) how, using action research methods, they could take confidence to write up what they are doing in a systematic way and take it to international audiences. If you want a copy of the paper, which was one of the ten best papers at the 2002 HERDSA Conference in Perth, Australia, email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I'll send you one.
So you can see why your work had such connections for me! While your 'social service' aim is quite different from the aims of our team, which were closely focused on early childhood education without the wider social service aspect, it is a very laudable way of having your students share their work with others in Turkish society. Would you be happy for me to send a copy of your paper to my now ex-colleagues back at the polytechnic? I'm sure they would be interested.
Re your conclusions, it's interesting that you, Je Kan and the students all feel that the day should be extended. On the basis of what you've written, I'd certainly support its continuation...but for us in New Zealand, having it extended to two or three days would probably 'kill it'. People's time is quite precious, and my feeling would be that if it works well at one day, why change it? But obviously, it's your decision.
And it's great to hear your admission in your latest posting, that the students pushed you to do the work! They must be confident and enthusiastic students and you are lucky to have them like that.
All the best for your ongoing work Hatice
Pip Bruce Ferguson (just call me Pip...)